In addition to bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami, David Beckham recently unveiled his plans to construct a 25,000-seat stadium for the team. Located on Miami’s man-made Dodge Island, the plan calls for the open-air arena, a surrounding plaza offering dining, shopping, and entertainment options, and the rehabilitation of a drawbridge offering access to and from downtown Miami. The arena, which would be the league’s third largest, would be entirely privately-funded, which is great news for Miami and Dade County taxpayers. The location is currently home to Royal Caribbean Cruises, who is concerned about traffic the arena would bring. Beckham’s group insists the night-time schedule of the MLS should have no conflict with the mostly daytime business of the cruise industry. With parking also a concern, the group plans not to schedule home games on the same night as the Miami Heat, who play nearby. If the Dodge Island plan falls through, Beckham does have three backup options around the city. Whatever they do, they better get moving, because the new team is scheduled to begin playing in 2017.
Source: NY Daily News
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