Miami has turned down plans for the former LA Galaxy midfielder's group to build an MLS stadium when the city said no to waterfront plans on Tuesday.Miami has told David Beckham and his group of investors that their plans for a stadium in the city's downtown Museum Park and deep-water boat slip are a no-go.
Tuesday's decision was the second major blow to Beckham's investment group, which had initially targeted the Miami-Dade County-owned southwest corner of PortMiami as a stadium site, only to be turned back after the county commission declined the idea.
Beckham's group offered $2 million a year in a sort of rent to the city to use the site, which Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso said was a generous offer, but Alfonso and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado were not willing to make the deal.
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The city of Miami and Miami Beckham United issued a joint statement on Tuesday saying that the club will not be able to build on its latest proposed site.
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“Miami Beckham United and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado met today to discuss a path forward for bringing a Major League Soccer club to Miami. Mayor Regalado and the City Manager expressed their belief that the FEC (Florida East Coast) slip is an inappropriate location for a soccer stadium.
“Miami Beckham United presented a financial offer that included a privately funded stadium, fair payments for the use of the land, and zero City or County dollars. The Mayor and City Manager considered the proposal to be generous, though no negotiations took place.
The statement went on to say that the city still very much wants Beckham and his team in Miami, but that a new site will have to be chosen for the club to build its stadium.
“Mayor Regalado and the City Manager expressed their strong desire to bring professional soccer to Miami and their deep respect for David Beckham and his partners.
"Miami Beckham United will spend the coming months weighing alternatives.”
Beckham's lead negotiator John Alschuler, who was part of the dealings on Tuesday, told the Miami Herald that he feels this is a lost chance for the city of Miami.
“We respect the mayor’s decision, but we believe it would have been a great site — there was incredible passion in the community for it,” Alschuler said. “I think it’s a disappointment and a lost opportunity for the city.”