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Rendering of what Miami Beckham United's new stadium may look like.

Miami Beckham United (MBU) announced last week that the group has purchased land needed to build a stadium for a prospective MLS expansion team in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, reports Major League Soccer.

MBU partner Marcelo Claure announced the news on Twitter and the group also issued a statement.

We have the right site, the right ownership group, and a loyal base of fans counting down the days until our first match. We’re all-in on Overtown, and we couldn’t be more excited about moving forward with plans to deliver the most responsible stadium in Miami history.

The land acquired consists of two private properties with a size of approximately six acres, representing two-thirds of the projected nine-acre site, according to a Miami Herald report.

The move now opens the door for MBU to hold discussions with county officials regarding the “purchase of adjacent land required for development, now controlled by Miami-Dade County.” Once the acquisition of the government-owned land is complete, MBU will seek city zoning approval for its development plans before construction can begin.

In the meantime, the group has held informational meetings about the project with members of the Overtown community.

Situated midway between Miami Beach and Miami International Airport, the stadium site is located in the Miami River District and just blocks away from downtown Miami. Public transportation options will include a Metrorail station and an “All Aboard Florida” rail terminal, both within walking distance.

Manchester City training facility to include mini stadium

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Manchester City Football Club is busy developing both Etihad Stadium and its proposed training facility. It has undertaken a public consultation on the Youth Development and Training Facility on 80 acres of brown field land diagonally opposite the Etihad Stadium. The opinions of the residents of East Manchester will help shape the club’s submission for planning approval. Planning consent to improve the land in Openshaw West, acquired by the Club over the past two years, was granted in June and remediation work on the site is under way.

Key elements and benefits of the proposals are as follows:

The centre would not only provide the Club with a competitive edge in terms of recruitment of players of all ages, but would also more than meet the requirements for a grade 1 Academy as set out by the Premier League’s new Elite Player Performance Plan.

All aspects of the Club’s youth development, first team training and operations functions would be brought into the one location in the heart of East Manchester and would include:

  • A new Academy for up to 400 young players with classrooms for 200
  • On site accommodation for junior and senior players
  • 16 football pitches, up to 12 of them dedicated to players aged from 8 to 18
  • A state of the art first team building with changing rooms, gym, refectory and injury and rehab centre
  • A 7,000 capacity stadium for youth matches
  • Staff offices and a dedicated media centre
  • A bridge linking the site to the Etihad Stadium and the rest of the Etihad Campus

Garry Cook, CEO of Manchester City Football Club said:

Manchester City’s ambition is to be a successful and sustainable football club and youth recruitment and development through a top class facility is a key component of that ambition.   Our research to date has been painstaking and our planning comprehensive and whilst our plans would inevitably have a positive impact on both our young and established playing talent, the regenerative and economic impact for our community should not be underestimated. We welcome the views of all of the communities we serve as we seek to gain planning permission for this most exciting of proposals.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said:

The partnership between Manchester City Football Club, the Council and New East Manchester would accelerate the regeneration of the area, delivering significant community and economic benefits. This new facility would help us continue to improve education and skills and will create jobs and other opportunities for local residents as well as being a further example of the club’s investment in the area.

It would be complementary to other proposed developments in the area, which would combine together to fulfil our vision for East Manchester as a centre for elite sport.

Soccerex moves to Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban for African Forum

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This year’s Soccerex African Forum, being held 1-2 October, will be moving to the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban to accommodate a larger exhibition space and a second studio for the expanding conference programme.

The stadium was one of the iconic venues of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, due to its famous arch. Since the World Cup the stadium has continued to serve as a world class venue for multiple sports including the 2013 African Cup of Nations and international Twenty20 cricket games. It has also become the home ground of AmaZulu FC.

The announcement was made by Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie, Lara McLeod, Marketing & Communications Manager of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and Stanley Matthews, SuperSport’s Sports & Commercial Director for Africa.

Head of Marketing for SuperSport, Nomsa Mazibuko confirmed the new two year partnership with Soccerex that will see them become the exclusive broadcast partner for the event. As part of the partnership, SuperSport will host a series of special workshops to promote the development of best practice within the business of football in Africa focusing on key topics such as compliance, marketing, media, sponsorship and technical issues.

For further information about this event please call +44 (0)208 987 5522