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Miami rejects David Beckham’s soccer stadium site


The US city of Miami has rejected former England football captain David Beckham’s plan to build a football stadium on a city waterfront.


The city determined the proposed location next to a major basketball arena was “inappropriate”.


Mr Beckham has travelled to the city frequently in recent months to launch a Major League Soccer (MLS) club. His business group, Beckham Miami United, has said it will continue to pursue alternative locations. The group is required to finalise a stadium deal before it can win approval from MLS, the US professional football league, to open a club.


An earlier proposal for a waterfront stadium site also experienced local resistance from the cruise lines. Scrutiny of the deal rose sharply after the city provided $500m (£298m) in public funding to build a new stadium for the Miami Marlins baseball team. Public anger over that deal is said to have contributed to a 2011 vote ousting the former Miami-Dade County mayor from office.


Beckham Miami United has agreed to finance a $250m stadium – expected to seat an estimated 20,000 spectators – and pay rent on the publicly owned land. His partners in the endeavour include British entrepreneur Simon Fuller and mobile phone services billionaire Marcelo Claure.