's group seeking a home for an MLS club has its maps of Miami out again. Miami's NBC 6 reported
that sources close to the Miami MLS deal told it that Miami Beckham
United is giving up on plans to build a proposed stadium near Marlins Park in Little Havana. Instead, it is looking elsewhere in Miami as the fourth option in a process that has now dragged on
21 months since MLS Commissioner Don Garber
announced plans for MLS to move to downtown Miami.
The postponement of a vote by the Miami-Dade school board on a partnership with Miami
Beckham United, suggested that plans for the purchase of all the land Beckham's group needed to build a stadium next to Marlins Park were dead.
"Apparently it is because of the property
owners there, the asking price, et cetera," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez
told NBC 6.
That site is the third Beckham's group has considered. The first two sites were
on the waterfront, first near Port Miami and the second at a boat slip next to American Airlines Arena.
Other venues now under consideration: an old boat yard near Miami International
Airport and a site near Northwest 7th Street and 7th Avenue in Miami's Overtown neighborhood, according to NBC 6.
"All I want is a stadium here," said Mayor Gimenez said. "I will support
them as much as I can, again with a caveat there's no public financing, no public funds to go to the stadium."
It has been reported that this weekend's MLS board of governors meeting is
the deadline for Miami Beckham United to get a publicly supported plan for a stadium.
Miami Beckham United's statement: "While Miami Beckham United is still hopeful we can
secure the necessary private properties adjacent to the Marlins Park site, we are faced with the fact that some owners are not interested in selling or are seeking completely unreasonable prices.
Fortunately, we have been receiving interest from a number of private land owners with sites across Miami-Dade County and we are now in the process of evaluating those alternatives. David, Marcelo
[Claure], Simon [Fuller] and Tim [Leiweke] appreciate the strong support of our fans and we are doing everything in our power to make our dream of an MLS club in Miami a