Report: Beckham owners review Miami plans at meeting -- in Kansas City

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.

The Miami Herald reported  that Beckham was joined by new partners, Miami businessmen Jorge and Jose Mas, and 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 also reported:

-- 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

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