David Beckham was in Tallahassee Tuesday, hoping to secure state funding for his new soccer stadium, which he hopes will open at PortMiami. NBC 6's Justin Finch reports.
David Beckham was in Tallahassee Tuesday, hoping to secure state funding for his new soccer stadium, which he hopes will open at PortMiami.
While no local property tax dollars would be used for the project, sales tax dollars generated from all over Florida could be.
Facilities like the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and the American Airlines Arena in Miami all receive up to $2 million each year in sales tax revenue from the state.
At a Monday news conference, Beckham said he wanted the same treatment as other Florida sports franchises.
"Like I said, we will be funding this stadium ourselves, but as an organization, as a franchise, we want to be treated like any other franchise is treated," he said.
Beckham announced last month 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.
On Monday, 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.
The design features a curvy canopy that would protect spectators from the elements with a center than opens to the sky. The grandstands are steep, giving fans a sweeping view of the field and putting them right on top of the action.
Before leaving Florida, Beckham took this "selfie" with Gov. Rick Scott:
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) March 25, 2014