David Beckham has unveiled plans by Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture for a new 25,000-seat waterfront football stadium in Miami
The high-profile venue will be home to the city’s proposed Miami MLS (major league soccer) team which is owned by Beckham and expected to launch in 2017.
The US-based design mavericks’ curvaceous Port of Miami vision is one of four potential options being considered for the new privately-funded stadium.
If successful the yet-to-be-named arena could open in 2018 and host up to 17 football games a year. Visitors are expected to arrive via a disused bridge which will be revamped into a new pedestrian linear park.
Plans for the five hectare site revealed yesterday (24 March) also include a west-facing central plaza with restaurants, retail, cafés and a nightclub.
Around 9,3000m² of mixed-use commercial development is also expected on the land around the venue.
Announcing the vision, Beckham told Sky Sports News: ‘Our stadium, our site is all about the skyline, it’s all about the water - it opens up to that. And that’s what we want people to see all around the world.
He added: ‘It’s the most important thing for us. I’ve been to the Miami Heat games, I’ve been around the area, I’ve seen the vibrant nature, I’ve seen the atmosphere - we want people to be part of that.’
The plan has already faced opposition from Royal Caribbean Cruises which is headquartered next to the prime waterfront site and has its own rival plans for the coveted plot.
Arquitectonica is currently working up plans for its first UK scheme on Whitcomb Street, central London with Bermondsey-based Brisac Gonzalez Architecture (see Miami mavericks to make UK debut with mixed-use West End scheme).