Well, that didn’t take long for David Beckham’s latest proposed soccer stadium site to turn up with some problems: Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado notes that unlike the proposed Marlins Park site, in Overtown there would be nowhere for fans to park.
Neisen Kasdin, a Beckham lawyer, replied, “There are ample parking resources in the area — 6,800 spaces within a half-mile proximity, to be exact.” To which Regalado shot back of the notion of fans walking from their cars or mass transit, “I don’t think there is that kind of culture — even the fans that used to walk in their country, they’ve gotten used to their cars.”
A half-mile walk doesn’t seem all that far to me, but then, 6,800 spaces really isn’t enough for a 25,000-seat stadium. A bigger problem is that the proposed site is only 4.2 acres (CORRECTION: actually 9 acres, since Beckham would acquire the block to the south as well); by comparison, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. sits on more than 12 acres:
That might work if you move some streets, maybe? I’m a fan of stadiums squeezed into tight spaces, but still, this looks a
n awfully difficult fit, even without getting into the parking issues. Which is Beckham’s problem if he goes ahead with it, but still.