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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.

Brentford’s 20,000 stadium at next stage of approval

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Brentford Football Club’s Lionel Road Stadium Project Team is calling on Brentford fans to write in as Mayor of London Boris Johnson prepares to make a decision about whether to ‘call in’ the project, which could add delay or threaten viability of the project.

Hounslow Council in December passed a resolution to grant Brentford Football Club planning permission for a new stadium and residential development subject to referral to the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Brentford Football Club selected Willmott Dixon as preferred bidder for role of development partner for the new stadium at Lionel Road South. The planning application includes a 20,000 capacity stadium together with other community facilities, 910 new homes, and a hotel and supporting retail uses. Chris Gammon, Co-director of Lionel Road Developments, said:

Soon after submitting our Planning Application in May 2013 we began the process of identifying a partner to work on this exciting and challenging scheme. Hounslow Council officers have been focused on the deliverability of our scheme and we believe that the Club and Willmott Dixon have in place a sound commercial model and sensitive design approach which will do a great deal to meet the concerns of local residents.

We recognise we have to await the views of London and Central Governments before progressing to the next stage.