Miami inching closer to a stadium deal

Miami inching closer to a stadium deal

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 17, 2015
  • 1 Comments

On a day that MLS player salaries for 2015 were revealed, news broke out of Miami on Friday evening that suggest that David Beckham and his group are getting closer to a stadium agreement with the city.

A tentative deal with the club to construct a privately financed stadium near Marlins Park, at the site of the old Orange Bowl.

“Today’s meeting with Mayor Regalado was another positive step toward bringing a world-class soccer club to Miami,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We’re still in the early planning stages and several viable options still exist, but our preferred stadium location is the former Orange Bowl site. [The ownership group] is thrilled by the initial outpouring of support we’ve received from our fans and we’re excited about sharing our plans with the City, County and community soon.”

Beckham exercised his contractual option to start an expansion team almost 18 months ago, but he and the rest of the Beckham United ownership group have encountered delays in the search for the ideal site for a stadium.

This is certainly a big moment for the potential expansion group when you consider the fact that cities like Sacramento and St. Louis are inching closer to deals of their own with the league. The time is almost becoming right for Beckham and Miami.

  • TSN3

    2017: Atlanta (21 total teams)
    2018: LAFC, Miami?, Minnesota? (24 total)
    2019: Sacramento? (25 total)
    2020: St Louis? (26 total)

    … I foresee a team getting moved up to a 2017 start date, & playing in temp stadium for 1 year. Or Minnesota or Miami moving back to 2019. Can’t see 3 new teams launching in the same year.