(WFI) For a second time, Miami has rebuffed David Beckham in his attempts to build a stadium for the city’s new Major League Soccer franchise.
City mayor Tomas Regalado vetoed the plan to build a stadium in a downtown waterfront park. The rejection came as a surprise as Regalado had previously been supportive of Beckham’s efforts.
“We presented a strong proposal for the site suggested to us by the two mayors,” read a statement from Beckham’s group in reference to Miami’s city and county mayors.
“Our package was the most equitable soccer stadium proposal that Miami, or any other city in America, has ever seen, 100% privately funded without any local taxpayers’ money.”
They finished by saying, “The people of Miami deserve a team and stadium that they will be proud of for decades to come.”
The former English footballer’s ownership group previously fell short in a bid to build near the Port of Miami. A site along the city’s waterfront is preferred, though it seems the group may now have to turn its attention to inland sites.
Scottish FA May Look for New Home
The Scottish Football Association is considering leaving Hampden Park at the end of its lease.
The two are tied together through 2020, but a consultancy firm hired by the SFA is examing the governing body’s options.
Other options could include Celtic Park, Easter Road, Ibrox Stadium, Murrayfield Stadium, and Pittodrie Stadium.
“It is our duty as a governing body to proactively explore all of the options available, in consultation with key stakeholders from across the game, so that, in due course, we can make the correct decision for Scottish football,” said SFA chief executive Stewart Regan, according to the Daily Record.
The SFA could also extend the Hampden Park lease or work toward purchasing the stadium from its current owner, Queen’s Park Football Club.
Currently, the SFA offices and sports medicine facilities and the Scottish Football Museum are housed at Hampden Park.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin