David Beckham’s grand plans to build a soccer stadium in PortMiami may have hit a snag after the city's mayor said the land is earmarked for port expansion only.
A two-decade old deed dictates that the land can only be used for port purposes, and not soccer stadiums, according to Mayor Tomas Regalado.
The mayor said he has no intentions of fighting with Beckham’s crew, but he does want to put it up for a vote.
“We are not going to fight the stadium,” Regalado said. “But we are interested in having a seat at the table because we need to understand what is going to happen to downtown Miami.”
Beckham announced in February that he had chosen Miami as the city for his new MLS franchise, and said finding a stadium site has been a top priority for his ownership group.
In March, Miami Beckham United released renderings of the proposed open-air stadium, which features views of the downtown skyline and a new public plaza on Biscayne Bay.