The city of Miami has shot down David Beckham’s vision for a 20,000-seat waterfront football stadium
The Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture-designed scheme was rejected because of its ‘inappropriate location’ next to the Miami Heat basketball arena.
The surprise veto came shortly after a group of former Miami city officials launched a campaign against the new stadium.
Beckham Miami United – the former England captain’s business group – said it would now weigh up ‘alternatives’ within the coastal city.
In a statement the group said: ‘Our package was the most equitable soccer stadium proposal that Miami, or any other city in America, has ever seen, 100 per cent privately funded without any local taxpayers’ money.’
It continued: ‘Our team will now pause and weigh alternatives. The people of Miami deserve a team and stadium that they will be proud of for decades to come.’
The venue is part of Beckham’s bid to launch a new Miami MLS (major league soccer) team however a stadium deal must be completed before sports officials can approve the new squad.
The latest plan to construct the stadium on the city’s underused Florida East Coast railway slip within the city’s Museum Park district was unveiled on 22 May.
Earlier plans to build the venue on a five hectare Port of Miami site were revealed in March but the project floundered following opposition from nearby cruise lines.