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David Beckham didn't divulge any details about his efforts to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami as he arrived for an event downtown Tuesday night – but he did drop a few hints as he spoke with the assembled media.
David Beckham didn't divulge any details about his efforts to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami as he arrived for an event downtown Tuesday night – but he did drop a few hints.
The retired soccer superstar was asked what attracted him to Miami.
“I’m going to answer all those questions tomorrow," Beckham said outside the Adrienne Arsht Center. "I think everyone will be very happy with tomorrow, hopefully, and it’s an exciting time for myself, an exciting time to be welcomed into a city like this, so yeah, tomorrow’s going to be a good day.”
Beckham attended what was an invite-only reception at the Arsht Center, according to the Miami Herald.
Before heading inside, he said he feels very comfortable in Miami.
"I feel at home already, and it's a special place,” Beckham said, adding that he’s looking forward to spending much more time in Miami.
The Arsht Center gathering is one of multiple events throughout South Florida around Wednesday's press conference with Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, where Beckham is expected to make an announcement about the future of a team in Miami.
Wednesday's big announcement is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Perez Art Museum Miami. Beckham and Garber will be joined by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Beckham has been leading the charge for an MLS franchise in Miami, after he was given the option to seek ownership of an expansion franchise at a lower rate than normal as part of his player contract while with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Finding a stadium is something Beckham and his group of investors has been actively working on. The group has checked out Sun Life Stadium and Marlins Park along the way. They would prefer to build a privately funded stadium of their own if possible instead of renting out an existing building.
Gimenez was one of the notables who turned out for the event Tuesday night. Asked whether private funding was in place, the mayor responded, "Any stadium here in Miami-Dade County will be privately funded and if it's on our land, county land, then I expect a rent payment.”
Miami has housed an MLS team in the past as the Miami Fusion played from 1998-2001 at Lockhart Stadium.
Beckham's stop in Miami will include a visit with some local youth soccer players after Wednesday's press conference.