Former footballer David Beckham has snapped up the final plot of land needed to build a Populous-designed soccer stadium in Miami, USA
According to the Guardian, the Miami-Dade Commission voted earlier this month to sell the remaining 1.2ha plot of land needed to build the stadium to Beckham’s developer company, Miami Beckham United (MBU).
If built, the stadium will become home to a proposed Major League Soccer (MSL) team in the city, the USA’s top league, which will be built on a 3.6ha site next to the Miami river, north-west Miami.
Plans for the 25,000-seater stadium by Populous, which have yet to be submitted, include exposed columns and an open roof.
MBU has said that the new stadium will be privately funded. It bought the three-acre plot for £7 million, having already paid nearly £15 million for the other 2.4ha needed, it was reported.
The former England and Manchester United player was given the right to start an expansion franchise when he signed his Los Angeles Galaxy contract in 2007. In 2013, Beckham chose Miami as the city where he would like to put an MLS team.
However, attempts to get the project off the ground have stalled over the years – most notably in 2014 when politicians rejected a bowl-shaped stadium on a seaside site by Miami-based Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture.
A spokesperson from Miami Beckham United said the purchase of the last required plot of land was a ‘major milestone on the way to Major League Soccer formally awarding Miami a franchise’.
The spokesperson described Miami as is ‘the eighth largest metro area in the US; the country’s number one soccer market; and a critical gateway to Latin America and Europe’, adding that the MLS would ‘only reach its full potential once it fields a team here’.