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Beckham Soccer Group Looking Into Overtown Stadium Site

Hector Gabino
El Nuevo Herald

Soccer star David Beckham's group announced new plans on Friday for a soccer stadium near downtown Miami.

Miami Beckham United confirmed that the group secured a contract to buy a site in Overtown near downtown Miami and the Miami River. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also issued a statement saying he signed a letter of intent to negotiate the sale.

The land is owned by the county's water and sewer department as well as private companies, which Beckham’s group has also approached about selling.

Beckham's group has tried over the last two years to secure land near PortMiami and the American Airlines Arena -- but both locations fell through. The latest attempt for land next to Marlins Park wasn't promising either.

Beckham's group says it will pay fair market value for the land and Gimenez said in his statement that the construction of the stadium will be privately-financed and privately-owned by Major League Soccer.

Miami Beckham United is expected to meet on Saturday with the MLS Board of Governors for approval of the Overtown site.

Read the full story at MiamiHerald.com

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