County Approves Next Step in Miami MLS Bid
David Beckham’s bid to bring an MLS franchise to Miami has cleared another hurdle.
On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved a bill that will allow the city’s mayor to identify locations for a new stadium and negotiate with private developers.
“We welcome the stadium with open arms,” said commission chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, according to CBS Miami.
“I think that is something that’s going to be positive for the community.”
The board voted unanimously in favor of the measure.
“No public funds, no taxpayer money from Miami-Dade County,” said mayor Carlos Gimenez. “They’re going to pay for it the whole way. If we use a county-owned piece of land, there will be a rent attached to that. I think this is a great first step.”
An investment group led by Beckham has already visited a number of locations that could serve as a temporary home until the stadium is built. Beckham has already approached the city about building a 25,000-seat stadium on a piece of land near PortMiami.
Beckham has the option to purchase a franchise at a deeply discounted rate as part of his original player contract with the L.A. Galaxy.
QPR Plan New Stadium
English Championship side Queens Park Rangers announced plans to build a new 40,000 all-seater stadium in northwest London.
QPR plan to move from their stadium Loftus Road to a new site in the Old Oak area. Both sites are close to each other in northwest London, keeping QPR in its historical area.
Loftus Road is an 18,439-seat stadium, which until QPR’s relegation last season, was the smallest in the Premier League.
“With no option of expanding here, we have to look elsewhere,” QPR chairman Tony Fernandes told the club’s website.
QPR will work with Stadium Capital Developments to create a large-scale commercial and residential development project in the area. The proposed stadium is at the center of the project, and the club hopes it will help rejuvenate the entire Old Oak Area.
The name of the area will be “New Queens Park,” and the club estimates the project will create 50,000 jobs and 24,000 homes.
“Not only will this give us a top-quality stadium to cater for QPR’s needs as the club progresses and grows over the years ahead, but we are very excited about being the driving force behind creating one of the best new urban places in the world.”
Chicago Fire to Build Domed Facility
The Chicago Fire of MLS will construct a new soccer dome to expand the team’s recreational leagues and broaden the team’s fan base within the city.
Officially called the Chicago Fire Soccer Center, the city’s first air-supported dome will cost between $15 and $20 million. It will be open for year-round use.
The facility will feature two outdoor 100-by-70-yard FieldTurf soccer fields, a 72-foot-high removable dome that will house a number of indoor-size fields, and 15,000 square feet of space for offices, training, and retail.
“It allows the Fire to extend its brand to the North Side [of the city],” said team owner Andrew Hauptman to Crain’s Chicago Business. “We’ve been all about owning the soccer conversation here in the city, and this is a significant investment in the community to do that.”
The Fire’s home stadium, Toyota Park, is located in Bridgeview, about 12 miles southwest of downtown.
The facility will host occasional Fire practices and will aid in training for the club’s 150-member Chicago Fire Academy.