Beckham secures Miami stadium site

David Beckham has moved a step closer to building a new stadium for his new MLS franchise Miami Beckham United after his team of investors acquired a site in Miami.

The former Manchester United midfielder and his team had previously struggled to find a home for his new franchise, but land has now been secured in Miami’s Overtown area.

The development, subject to MLS approval, comes just days after plans were abandoned to build in the Little Havana neighbourhood of Miami.

Beckham and his partners have spent over a year looking to identify and secure a stadium site for his new side.

"Miami Beckham United has secured a stadium development site at 650 Northwest 8th Street in the City of Miami's historic Overtown neighborhood," the investment team said in a statement published by the Miami Herald.

"We intend to create an assemblage of private and county-controlled land totalling approximately nine acres in Miami's urban core, within walking distance of multiple public transit options and the up-and-coming Miami River District.

"The private properties, which comprise the majority of the land, are under contract and we intend to purchase the County land at fair market value pending approval of our site by the MLS Board of Governors."

The team had three previous attempts to secure a site blocked in other neighbourhoods and seem keen to get the local community to buy into the new project.

The statement continued: "Construction of our venue will be privately financed and we will work with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to establish our club as an educational resource for the community.

"We will also engage nearby businesses and residents as we develop our stadium design and take steps to enhance the neighbourhood."