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David Beckham wants 25,000 seat stadium for Miami franchise

David Beckham at the MLS franchise Press Conference
David Beckham at the MLS franchise Press Conference.

David Beckham's "Miami Beckham United group" has unveiled its plans for the potential franchise in the sunshine state.

The MLS expansion to Miami was announced back in February and earlier today, the group backing Beckham unveiled its plans to completely change a Miami waterfront.

The plan is to add the 25,000 seater bowl stadium complex, along with hotels and usual retail setup will add a high bump of jobs and economic prosperity to the city along a stretch of land in need of rejuvenation.

There are concerns though as the port area isn't sure the area can handle the influx of tourists.

At present, the Miami Heat are in the area, as are tour operators Royal Caribbean Cruises. Country officials are concerned that the infrastructure can't handle the influx of traffic it will cause.

There is also a lot of community problems in Miami as the Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium is in need of reinvestment and refurbishment, having been told without it they have no chance of hosting a Superbowl.

It also doesn't help that a lot of money went in to financing the Miami Marlins stadium which was financed with $500 million dollars of local tax money and the promise of World Series wins until owner Jeffrey Loria gutted the team and helped guide them to the second worst position of 2013.

Negotiations are still ongoing and Beckham's celebrity may well give a different angle that Miami is always very quick to capitalise on. Plus any franchise expansion in the MLS isn't due until 2016. So there's still plenty of time to win support.

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