Revealed: David Beckham’s new Miami MLS stadium design mixes sport and technology

9 Jul

Since announcing in January that he would bring an MLS team to Miami, the world has been waiting to see what David Beckham would bring to soccer in America.

And the player-turned-mogul has not disappointed as he released designs for a new ground in Miami Freedom Park, a new space in south Florida.

Beckham’s business group are eyeing MLS domination

The privately-funded stadium will have 23 acres of pitch space for youngsters and the public to play on, with the Beckham group intending to develop a training centre and academy focused on developing the talents of Miami locals.

Freedom Park will cover an epic 110 acres and benefit the area with £30m of annual tax revenue and £15m to the city.

Over three years, the project will create 11,000 jobs.

Not just a football ground, Beckham and business partners Jorge and Jose Mas envisage Freedom Park as a ‘world-class’ sport and technology village.

Beckham and business partner Mas, left

The group want to create 500 new hotel rooms, a conference centre and amenities including restaurants and retail stores.

A November ballot will discuss construction of the new stadium, which is pegged to host Miami in their planned maiden season in 2020 as the MLS’s 25th club.

By 2001 Fusion’s fanbase had dwindled significantly

It is nearly 20 years since the Floridian city had a club after Miami Fusion folded in 2001 because of poor attendance.

Beckham, who won 115 England caps, had an option to purchase an MLS expansion franchise included in his contract when he joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

And now it seems England’s golden boy is the greatest hope for this American city’s footballing future.

Beckham is no stranger to US soccer, having played for LA Galaxy between 2007 and 2012