Beckham wants team that feels "very personal" to Miami
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 00:39
March 24 - David Beckham unveils proposal for waterfront Miami soccer stadium saying he wants a team that feels ''very personal'' to Miami. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: A group led by English soccer star David Beckham unveiled plans on Monday to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium on Miami's waterfront for the Major League Soccer team he will own, but the proposal is already facing some opposition.
Beckham said, "I want it to be a team that feels very personal to the people in the city,"
The open-air stadium would be built in an area known as PortMiami, which hosts the world's busiest cruise ship terminal. Long-term plans for the island port have never included the possibility of being home to a sports arena, port officials have said.
PortMiami Director Bill Johnson declined to comment on the stadium proposal.
Development of the 36-acre (14.5 hectare) stadium site would cost about $200 million and include shops, hotels and offices connected to the mainland by a pedestrian bridge, according to John Alschuler, Beckham's New York-based real-estate adviser.
Beckham's group is not looking for public financing, but must negotiate site plans with Miami-Dade County.
Since Beckham signaled interest in establishing a Major League Soccer team in Miami, the league has stressed the importance of having a final stadium deal, along with a business plan, before it will approve a new team.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star retired as a player last May with a $25 million option in his MLS contract to start a new franchise.
Beckham in February finalized an ownership group with American Idol creator Simon Fuller and Bolivian-born billionaire Marcelo Claure, founder of Miami-based Brightstar Corp, the world's largest wireless distributor and the provider of global services to Apple Inc.
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