Ex-England captain David Beckham's MLS franchise Miami Beckham United purchases two-thirds of stadium land.
Miami Beckham United (MBU) announced last week that the group had purchased the land needed to build a stadium for a prospective MLS expansion team in the Overtown neighbourhood of Miami.
Partner to the MBU Marcelo Claure announced the news on his Twitter account and the MBU group issued this statement, "We have the right site, the right ownership group, and a loyal base of fans counting down the days until our first match. We’re all-in on Overtown, and we couldn’t be more excited about moving forward with plans to deliver the most responsible stadium in Miami history."
According to the Miami Herald, the land acquired consists of two private properties with a size of approximately six acres, representing two-thirds of the projected nine-acre site.
The move now allows MBU to hold discussions with county officials regarding the “purchase of adjacent land required for development, now controlled by Miami-Dade County.” Once the acquisition of the government-owned land is complete, MBU will seek city zoning approval for its development plans before construction can begin.
Situated midway between Miami Beach and Miami International Airport, the stadium site is located in the Miami River District and just blocks away from downtown Miami. Public transportation options will include a Metrorail station and an “All Aboard Florida” rail terminal, both within walking distance.
It is hoped that the newest MLS franchise will take to the field in the 2018 season.