Miami Mayor Suggests Waterfront Soccer Stadium
by Sep Niakan | May 16, 2014
Carlos Gimenez, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, pitched to the Miami soccer stadium investors, including David Beckham, to consider the downtown waterfront as the location instead of its currently planned PortMiami venue.
Gimenez proposed converting a large boat slip into the 25,000 seat, open-air stadium, and noted that enough land could be made by designing the slip to include a walkway along Biscayne Bay. The stadium would then be located between the Museum Park and the AmericanAirlines Arena, along with the other surrounding attractions.
“Downtown Miami will greatly benefit from the creation of a grand waterfront park that will serve to bring our urban core closer to the water,” Gimenez wrote in a letter to Beckham’s real-estate adviser, he says it will provide “a magnificent bay front walk along Biscayne Bay.”
PortMiami has been the focus of many negotiations for some time now. However, the new formal request from Miami's Mayor could change the direction of the project.
“Our goal from the outset has been to create a great fan experience, to provide an economic asset that creates jobs, and design a stadium that communicates the energy of Miami to the entire world,” the investment group said, “the Port is a strong site; however, a stadium next to AmericanAirlines Arena is an exciting possibility.”
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