If Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez words are any indication, Miami Beckham United have reached their final hope for MLS expansion. At a town hall meeting on Wednesday Gimenez had this to say:
This is, frankly, I believe our last opportunity here for Miami to have Major League Soccer.
According to ESPNFC, David Beckham and his ownership group have announced a new stadium plan in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. The stadium would seat 25,000, but it comes with a slight problem. The new location would be without available parking.
Tim Leiweke, a representative for Beckham, addressed the issue by revealing plans to use the Metrorail shuttle, buses, and water taxis. The club would also reportedly arrange shuttles to and from nearby parking garages.
If the last nine-acre parcel of land is acquired from the city, the stadium could begin construction. The new venue would be completed in 2021, however, meaning the expansion side would likely have to play in a temporary venue.
The Miami expansion bid is separate from the current plans of 12 cities competing for four openings. Those cities and teams competing for the open slots will pay a $150 million expansion fee, whereas Beckham’s Miami club would only pay $25 million per a clause in his past MLS contract.