Beckham reportedly throws in towel on soccer stadium alongside Marlins Park

Happy Monday back from the long holiday weekend, which is to say not happy at all. But hope it’s at least happier than the one had by David Beckham, who according to Miami’s NBC 6 has now abandoned plans to build a soccer stadium next to the Marlins stadium:

Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez confirmed to NBC 6 that the Beckham stadium deal has been taken off the city commission agenda for Tuesday.

The proposed plan would need to be on Tuesday’s agenda in order to make the December 10th deadline to get on the March ballot.

Sources close to the deal tell NBC 6 that Beckham is giving up on the process to get approval to build in the City of Miami, but that does not mean his group will not seek to build elsewhere in South Florida.

If true, this is not completely surprising, given that Beckham’s stadium point man Tim Leiweke previously warned that private landowners holding out for sky-high prices could scuttle the deal, and before that Beckham gave up on his previous preferred site when he couldn’t arrive at an agreement on how much to pay for it. Still, it would be big news, if true.

All those qualifications are necessary, of course, because whenever you have leaked news like this, there’s always the chance that it’s meant as leverage to try to extract a better price from the people across the table. But for now it looks like Miami’s prospective MLS franchise is going back to the drawing board, so look out, Broward County!

19 comments on “Beckham reportedly throws in towel on soccer stadium alongside Marlins Park

  1. Good for the residents.

    This notion that they should have taken whatever deal Beckham offered him because SPROTS is prima facie absurd.

  2. It was obserd they would try to shoehorn it into the narrower blocks of that location to begin with, pretty much the only advantages was that they could reuse the city’s parking structures that support the current baseball stadium and a decent chunk of that land is at present city streets or the pretty much useless setback of the current stadium from the street they no doubt want the city to provide at no or trivial cost.

    Building on the east side would make more sense if they wanted to get the advantage of the parking, however probably costs more since would likely involve more privat land purchases.

  3. Hard to believe this location will be derailed by one daycare center and a handful of single-family homes. They may have hoped to avoid invoking eminent domain, just as they initially wanted to avoid this supposedly ‘spiritually tainted’ location, but in the words of Don Ameche, “things change.”

  4. Here’s Sacramento’s proposed soccer stadium term sheet:

  5. Here’s Sacramento’s proposed soccer stadium term sheet:

  6. I know MLS wants soccer specific downtown stadiums, but why not start play in Sun Life Stadium? It’s just a little south of the Broward County – Miami-Dade County line. It’s going to have a sun shade installed, like most European soccer stadiums. Just cover the upper deck for soccer. Its location would serve the region encompassing both Miami and Fort Lauderdale. If the team doesn’t succeed, then no cost was sunk into building a brand new stadium, and the team could be moved. Minimizes an already risky proposition.

  7. Samuel – it’s such a brilliant idea that there’s no way they’d consider it. I mean brilliance in stadia development is not a strong suit.

  8. Yes GOOD for the residents , tonight they’re kicking themselves in ass ! Ha Ha greedy fools. Fact is Even if Beckham gives everyone everything they want , the old Cuban voters of Miami still would’ve voted no. To avenge the billions thrown at the Marlins and Heat.

  9. @Samuel
    It’s highly unlikely they’d proceed in that order unless Sun Life Stadium is a temporary home before a completed deal for a SSS (soccer-specific stadium) is in place. There’s no leverage when the team already exists.

  10. “There’s no leverage when the team already exists.”

    What do they need leverage for? Buy some land, build a stadium, done.

  11. @Steven why is it that we always disregard the possibility that the residents maybe, just maybe, didn’t want to sell up and vacate their neighborhood under any circumstances, when it comes to building sports venues?

    The idea that greed played any role in this is truly the height of comedy. It’s easy to be the hero of your own narrative and say that you yourself would’ve taken any offer they sent your way. People who actually lived there thought differently, by the looks of things.

    So yeah, good for them.

  12. @ Keith – Good point. I was thinking in terms of eliciting significant public contributions to the development. Considering it’s South Florida, perhaps I just reflexively lumped them in with every other franchise.

  13. @ kei . before I made comment I took time to read local stories and Miami news video. The owners except one single family home owner were all willing to sell ! That’s a FACT. I believe the reporters stated that the owners were indeed asking for outrageous sums . The day care owner was the biggest culprit according to the owner himself who admitted he made an outrageous demand. Five out of six property owners are indeed depressed today. The day care owner can continue to clean boogers and diapers. Ha Ha Ha.

  14. When it comes to real estate everyone has their price. Anyone that wouldn’t take three or even twice the market value of their property is a Fool ! The guy who claimed he wouldn’t sell was the smartest and greediest. Yes in my world I am a hero who stands up to bullies.

  15. The guys that really run Miami don’t want to compete against Beckham for a limited sports $. Talking about the boat guys and Heat owner. The politicos need to protect their name so they continue to act like they want to help but keep setting him up to fail. If Beckham can get one of the boat guys to invest this thing gets built at PortMiami.

  16. Come to San Diego David we have a massive stadium site that’s going on the market in a few weeks.

  17. I heard a guy who claimed to own at least one property being interviewed. He talked about the property bring in the family for generations and it had some sentimental value.

    He also mentioned that they were historic. The interviewer joked about that a bit, but the reality is that some of the buildings there are older and do have some significance in that regard. But the city has a vague process for deciding on what’s historic and it often comes down to money.

    He did say he had a number in mind and that what was reported as the offer wasn’t quite accurate. His attempt to hold out and put a large number on it was to bring the situation to light so he wouldn’t be pressured into selling.

    In summary – there’s more to this story than meets the eye.