Deal for Beckham's Miami soccer stadium land gets approval


David Beckham can jump into the next phase of his soccer franchise dream now that he has the land to build a stadium in Miami's urban core.

On Tuesday he secured the last piece of land after the county commissioners approved selling him three acres for $9 million, on top of the $19 million he had paid earlier in 2016, for a six acres land in Overtown.

Miami Beckham United will pay just over $9 million for the last piece of land.

That's a tight crunch, and after four years of blown opportunities and several other attractive cities lining up for teams, there's no longer an iron-clad guarantee that MLS will give Beckham his team. The Miami Fusion actually played about a half-hour's drive north in Fort Lauderdale, and folded because of poor attendance.

Zoning approvals are still needed from the city, while the league has still not given the franchise final approval.

Beckham's team hopes to secure this deal by the end of June with the MLS Board of Governors.

The Miami Herald reported last week that the approval would go through. "Something needs to be done with it, now", said commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who represents the neighborhood where the stadium is planned.

Commissioner Danielle Levine Cava, another no vote, said she applauded Beckham's group for encouraging fans to use public transit instead of driving - but questioned why MLS didn't make more of a commitment to improve decaying Metrorail and bus facilities in the area.

"He will be a happy man today", Leiweke said.

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Now, the Beckham-led group will wait for Major League Soccer to award it a franchise, which it anticipates will happen within a few weeks.

The agreement would be a no-bid deal to purchase land on a county truck depot for $9 million.

"I get emails from Spring Garden every day saying they don't want a stadium as a neighbor".

"Miami already has championship-winning teams, such as the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins and Miami Marlins", Gimenez said.

The deal that allowed the Miami Marlins to get a new taxpayer-built ballpark on the former Orange Bowl site is still the source of major contention for the city and the county.

According to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the funds from the $9,015,000 purchase will be for the Water and Sewer Department, which now owns of the piece of land.

Parallel to Beckham's stadium search, he sought out a new investor.

Commissioner Jean Monestime, one of the four "no" votes, said he did not like the terms of the contract, either. In a pair of tweets, Donovan wrote that "we have to respect the process" and that "just because we're down at halftime doesn't mean we stop trying".