Could David Beckham’s potential Miami MLS franchise share the same home as Miami Hurricanes football?
The Miami Herald reported Thursday evening Beckham plans to meet with Donna Shalala, UM’s outgoing president, on Friday along with MLS Commissioner Don GarberREAD MORE: Federal Government's N95 Masks Distribution Starts Monday
“The site that’s on the table that appeals to UM is the one near Marlins Park,” the Herald reports. “That site is naturally appealing to UM because it’s very close to the site of the old Orange Bowl.READ MORE: Mark Rosenberg Acknowledges He Resigned As FIU President Because ‘I Caused Discomfort For A Valued Employee’
“David Beckham’s group hasn’t made a financial proposal to UM, but a source close to Beckham said his group naturally would love for UM to contribute toward construction costs. We’re told UM would at least consider contributing toward construction costs if asked. Beckham’s group would love to have UM as a partner. But a 40,000-seat stadium would be substantially more expensive that a 25,000 seat stadium, which is typically MLS’ preference.”MORE NEWS: Mural Honoring Gloria & Emilio Estefan Unveiled In Little Havana
One potential issue is the Canes still have 17 years left on its lease at Sun Life Stadium. It’s unknown whether Stephen Ross would be willing to let them out of it and, if so, how much the buyout would cost.