Slated to become one of the biggest greenspaces in Miami, plans for David Beckham’s Miami football stadium are moving forward, with a public vote approving a new 25,000-seat stadium and public space complex.
After five and a half years of planning, financing, and negotiating, David Beckham’s vision of bringing a football club to Miami has taken a big step forward. On 6 November 2018, the Miami public voted in favour of building a 25,000-seat stadium as part of a complex that, if approved, will also feature a community park and public soccer facilities as well as office, retail, and commercial space. Dubbed Miami Freedom Park & Soccer Village, the development’s architecture has been carried out by Arquitectonica.
Although the vote does not guarantee that the development will go ahead, it is seen as a huge boost for the project. David Beckham’s team will now negotiate specific terms with city officials before a definitive decision is made in due course. Beckham serves as president of soccer operations for Club Internaćional De Fútbol Miami (or Inter Miami for short), and has been heavily involved in all aspects of the franchise’s development — from the colour scheme to the club’s branding.
If realised, the new stadium complex will incorporate over 160 acres of open access recreation space, 110 acres of greenspace, 70 acres of sports and entertainment facilities, as well as family play spaces and a water park for visitors to enjoy. Construction is set for completion in 2021.
A promotional video for the project discusses the potential of the development, the jobs it will create – both during and after construction – the economic opportunities for Miami and the community benefits, finally claiming “this won’t just be a soccer stadium, it’s potential”.