If there’s one fundamental law in stadium campaigns, it’s that the odds of success go down as the number of high-powered opponents goes up. So this is not at all good news for David Beckham:
Royal Caribbean Cruises and its allies have formed an organization to oppose a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami, marking the first coordinated resistance to David Beckham’s waterfront dream.
The Miami Seaport Alliance took out a full-page advertisement in Monday’s Miami Herald, titled “Here We Go Again,” to launch its campaign against the 25,000-seat, open-air stadium that Beckham and his representatives have proposed for the port’s shallow-water southwest corner.
“Here We Go Again” is a not-too-veiled reference to the Miami Marlins stadium fiasco, and is a sign that Loria’s Folly is still having a chilling effect on stadium subsidies in Florida. Not that the cruise ship industry is an unstoppable behemoth or anything, but Beckham might want to start considering some of his other 29 site options.