City of Miami David Beckham's Soccer Stadium Referendum (November 2014)
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David Beckam, renowned former star player for the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, is backing an effort to build a soccer stadium in Miami, Florida. Beckham's investment group called Miami Beckham United, which includes Beckham's business partner Simon Fuller and Bolivian businessman Marcelo Claure, has announced the proposal for a major league soccer stadium and was searching for a suitable location as of May 23, 2014. The group considered the Southwest corner of PortMiami, but, after opposition from some residents and activists, the county commissioners rejected the proposal. Now the group is considering the construction of the proposed 100-feet-tall, 20,000-seat, $250 million stadium on top of the Florida East Coast Railway slip, which the group would fill in at no cost to the city. The proposal would drastically alter Museum Park by removing 4.2 acres of the park and adding 8.5 additional acres, for a net gain of 4.3 acres in park area.
Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado stated that for the project to proceed on the Museum Park site a citywide referendum would be required.
The following referenced background information on this referendum was found on Wikipedia:
In November 2012, MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed the league's renewed interest in placing an expansion franchise in Miami in 2012, after the Miami Fusion folded following the 2001 season and an expansion bid led by Claure and F.C. Barcelona failed in 2009.
When Beckham, who had received an option to purchase an expansion team at a price of $25 million when he joined the league 2007, ended his playing career in April 2013, the league held preliminary discussions with Beckham's advisers about several expansion targets, including Miami. That same year, other investors, including Italian financier Alessandro Butini and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross expressed interest in owning a Miami franchise as well.
In his December 2013 state of the League address, Garber identified Beckham and Simon Fuller as potential owners in Miami. Later that month, on December 17, Miami-Dade County commissioners voted unanimously to allow Mayor Carlos A. Giménez to negotiate with the Beckham-led group on a new stadium in downtown Miami.
The league announced that Beckham exercised his option on February 5, 2014, and that an investment group led by Beckham, Fuller and Claure, would own an expansion franchise in Miami, assuming that financing for a stadium could be agreed upon. This investment group is named "Miami Beckham United".
- Notable local measures on the ballot
- Miami-Dade County, Florida ballot measures
- November 4, 2014 ballot measures in Florida
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- Reuters, "Beckham to campaign in referendum for Miami soccer stadium," May 22, 2014
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- Wikipedia, "Miami MLS team," archived May 26, 2014
- Goal.com, "After Florida once had two MLS teams, and after a Miami Barcelona bid looked on the fast track to approval by 2010, the whole idea is scrapped and the state remains without a team in the U.S. top-flight.," March 3, 2009
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- Miami Herald, "Miami-Dade commissioners sound gung-ho about David Beckham’s potential Major League Soccer stadium," December 17, 2013
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