Cruise ship industry vows to sink Beckham’s Miami port stadium

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.

3 comments on “Cruise ship industry vows to sink Beckham’s Miami port stadium

  1. Neighbors always oppose any and all development within a mile of them. Regardless of merit. Beckham will have this fight no matter what site he picks. In this case those opposed want city subsidies to develop themselves. HYPOCRITES.

  2. I was involved with Port construction years ago. Available space is reduced as it’s being utilized; to add a stadium in the limited space that will be needed in 10, 20 or 50 years is absurd.

    We already have the FIU stadium: right size, by the largest number of fans, served by two expressways and three major roads. The school could use extra money and exposure. Use it until the team picks up steam and can buy its own land and build its own stadium.

    Oh, and the Crown of Creation, Dolphin Stadium, empty most of the time (including during games).

    But, there are no juicy contracts and kickbacks from saving money.

    In other news, we need $1.6B to fix the water and sewer system. Just about the cost of the serial boondoggles over the last twenty years. Thanks Herald and pols.