Miami Beckham United working on putting an MLS team in Miami brought together its ownership group, headed by David Beckham
, for meetings on Thursday and Friday in Kansas City.
Miami Herald reported
that Beckham was joined by new partners, Miami businessmen Jorge
and Jose Mas
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure
Sprint (whose chairman Masayoshi Son
is also a partner in the Beckham group) is headquartered in the Kansas City suburb of
Overland Park. The group also used the trip to visit with Sporting Kansas City executives and tour Sporting KC's Children's Mercy Park.
“We went very detailed into fan demographic
needs, sound level, canopies that retain sound, how to angle the stadium, sight lines, everything you can imagine," Jorge Mas said in his first public comments since he and his brother joined
the ownership group in December. "We went over a significant number of stadiums in Europe, MLS stadiums that work here, from the fan experience outside the door to inside the door."
The Herald's Michelle Kaufman
-- The formal announcement of MLS's move into Miami will in late January (almost four years after Beckham first announced plans to
exercise his MLS expansion team option in Miami);
-- The team will be slated to begin play in 2020 but might have to play in a temporary stadium until the stadium in Overtown is completed