They still have no idea where they’ll put it, how much it will cost, or how it’ll be paid for, but that’s not going to stop David Beckham’s as-yet-unnamed MLS expansion franchise from releasing renderings of what their new stadium might look like:
Yeah, it looks like a drawing of a soccer stadium, all right, though the weirdly undulating roof is a … modern touch, I suppose? Or at least as modern as you can reasonably get when you’re not allowed to invent a stadium-spanning monorail.
There’s all kinds of other breathless prose in the Miami Herald article about all this — “a new public plaza reminiscent of Rome’s Spanish Steps”! “the curvaceous canopy would protect fans from the rain and sun”! — but mostly this is just Beckham’s group throwing down the gauntlet for a bayfront stadium site, and seeing if … it does whatever gauntlets are supposed to do. If the port site, which is opposed by cruise ship companies that dock near there, is rejected, “we’ll play somewhere else,” Beckham real-estate advisor John Alschuler told the Herald.
As for paying for the project, Alschuler dropped a couple more hints, indicating that the team will be seeking one of those $2 million a year sales-tax break deals that the state of Florida likes to hand out (though this may be marginally less rubber-stampy in the future) and that “public improvements,” including that Roman-reminiscent plaza, would need to be partly funded by local government. But in the meantime: pretty pictures!