DAVIE (CBSMiami) – International soccer star David Beckham wants to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami, but needs a home. After touring Sun Life Stadium, FIU Stadium, and Marlins Park, Beckham has a plan, according to the London Mirror.
The Mirror reported Sunday the soccer star plans to develop a 75,000-seat capacity complex with a hotel and shops for the new Miami team. According to the Mirror report, Beckham has already “found some land and it’s pretty much all ready to go.”READ MORE: Two Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters
One of the many problems facing Beckham, other than the typical building/licensing issues, is money. He’s worth more than $100 million Euros and is able to buy a MLS team for just $25 million, well below the typical rate, as part of his original MLS contract.
Major League Soccer has said in the past that in order for a new franchise to be awarded, a new soccer-only stadium would have to be built. But, building a 75,000 seat stadium takes things to another level completely and would require a lot of extra financing.READ MORE: Halloween Spending Could Hit A Record This Year
Beckham has been seen talking with Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure about a possible partnership. In addition, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James is reportedly interested in becoming a partner with Beckham for a new MLS team.
“David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years,” James said previously. “I think it’d be great for this city to have a football club for sure. So there’s interest on both sides. But it’s preliminary talks but there is an open dialogue.”MORE NEWS: Opa-locka City Hall Evacuated After Bomb Threat
According to the Mirror report, while a new stadium is being built, the “team will use Sun Life Stadium,” as a home field; however that’s not been made official. The Mirror also reported that the hope is the stadium will also be used for concerts.