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(Mirror.co.uk)   Dissatisfied with existing stadium options for his desired Miami-area MLS franchise, David Beckham announces he wants to build 75,000-seat soccer stadium complex, complete with hotel and shops   (mirror.co.uk ) divider line
    More: Florida, David Beckham, Major League Soccer, Miami, Sun Life Stadium, Sunday People, soccer, Simon Fuller, Posh and Becks  
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2013-11-24 10:59:46 PM  
Becks is about as clever as a bag of rocks.
 
2013-11-25 12:58:05 AM  
Are there even 75,000 people in the entire U.S. that like soccer?
 
2013-11-25 03:17:57 AM  

syrynxx: Are there even 75,000 people in the entire U.S. that like soccer?


Yes, but they all live in Seattle.
 
2013-11-25 03:58:27 AM  
This is the Daily Mirror. They don't know what the hell they are talking about half the time and make up stuff the other half of the time.
 
2013-11-25 04:36:45 AM  
That's fine, but what are 71,000 empty seats going to be used for during games?
 
2013-11-25 04:57:21 AM  
Just look at the incredible string of sellouts generated by that new Marlins stadium.
 
2013-11-25 05:16:35 AM  
I think the 75K figure must be some sort of metric mistake. Here in Salt Lake, they built the stadium for RSL to hold around 14 or 15K I think, and MLS had to accept an agreement to no Sunday home games. And RSL is actually pretty good. Any team that David puts together will be a bunch of drunks and media glamor whores.
 
2013-11-25 05:54:47 AM  
That would be bigger than the two largest soccer specific stadiums in MLS, Stubhub Center and Red Bull arena, put together.
 
2013-11-25 06:03:59 AM  
Is he offering to pay for it?
 
2013-11-25 06:40:29 AM  
Oh yeah? Well I'll just build my own soccer stadium complex! With blackjack! And hookers!
 
2013-11-25 07:14:48 AM  

EddieFC: That would be bigger than the two largest soccer specific stadiums in MLS, Stubhub Center and Red Bull arena, put together.


Old Trafford is the largest stadium in the Premier League, and it seats 75,765. I'm sure an expansion MLS club will have the same demand for seating as Manchester United.
 
2013-11-25 07:52:41 AM  

Gonz: EddieFC: That would be bigger than the two largest soccer specific stadiums in MLS, Stubhub Center and Red Bull arena, put together.

Old Trafford is the largest stadium in the Premier League, and it seats 75,765. I'm sure an expansion MLS club will have the same demand for seating as Manchester United.


I get that MLS wants Becks as an owner, but at what point do you just say fark off, Miami sucks for pro sports (except the Heat but only if they are winning) and there are other cities that would love MLS and support it better than Miami. I have no problem with Orlando City SC since they are batcrap crazy for their team now. And who is Becks going to recruit to Miami? An old Wayne Rooney or Rio Ferdinand?
 
2013-11-25 08:32:35 AM  
I saw the Wizards play in Arrowhead. 60000 empty seats is not as fun an atmosphere as you might imagine.
 
2013-11-25 08:52:28 AM  
Yes David, I am certain you ARE the ONE guy to succeed where others have failed at attracting 75,000 fans a game to watch soccer in the States.  What could possibly go wrong????

I am a life-long soccer fan and you couldn't get me to attend an MLS game if you gave me the ticket and provided coke and hookers...
 
2013-11-25 09:03:40 AM  
The Dolphins game was on in the background yesterday and they were less than 1/2 full. So clearly an expansion soccer team will pack em in.
 
2013-11-25 09:17:59 AM  

powhound: Here in Salt Lake, they built the stadium for RSL to hold around 14 or 15K I think, and MLS had to accept an agreement to no Sunday home games


Wow, the Mormons are still that powerful, huh? Can they at least sell beer at the games?
 
2013-11-25 09:55:44 AM  

show me: powhound: Here in Salt Lake, they built the stadium for RSL to hold around 14 or 15K I think, and MLS had to accept an agreement to no Sunday home games

Wow, the Mormons are still that powerful, huh? Can they at least sell beer at the games?


I am pretty sure the Jazz and their minor league hockey (Grizzlies) team don't play home Sunday games either.... but, the minor league baseball team does (the "Bees"... actually sitll thought they were the "Buzz" because all their teams try to copy the "zz" of the Jazz, but, I guess they had to change it in 2000)... obviously it would be "difficult" to not play Sunday home games with baseball scheduling, but, it could be done... just wondering why they "get away" with this apparent "heresy" in Utah vs. the other teams... is it just "baseball just has to do it"?
 
2013-11-25 10:01:08 AM  

Minarets: syrynxx: Are there even 75,000 people in the entire U.S. that like soccer?

Yes, but they all live in Seattle. Portland.


FTFY
Seattle didn't kick out their baseball team to make room for MLS.
 
2013-11-25 10:10:17 AM  

syrynxx: Are there even 75,000 people in the entire U.S. that like soccer?


Doesn't matter, let's shop.
♪  Let's all go to the lobby ♪
 
2013-11-25 10:36:46 AM  
Stupid becks

There is no way that stadium could be used to attract - good ole American college and pro football.

A bowl game, a kickoff classic and hosting a couple of decent neutral site games could not be done.

You can only use it for soccer and not for hosting international games either only mls games

despite the better judgment of the investors who have deeper pockets and are utilizing your name and team.

Sun life is getting younger and more modern by the day.

No need for a giant mixed use venue in Miami fronted by a great name who is bringing a team with him to help anchor the opportunity.
 
2013-11-25 10:44:29 AM  
Dedicated Soccer Pitches don't make much sense in the US, even in North Cuba. 75,000 seats? Nope.
 
2013-11-25 10:46:03 AM  
A 75,000-seat soccer-only stadium?

In the United States?

In Miami?

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2013-11-25 10:51:01 AM  

Betep: Dedicated Soccer Pitches don't make much sense in the US, even in North Cuba. 75,000 seats? Nope.


I wouldn't say they don't make much sense period.... the various primarily-MLS stadiums around the U.S. are doing well, between hosting their MLS games and other concerts/events, but, primarily because they are for the most part 18-30k seat stadiums... they know what their place is, and what size of arena they can play in.  But, a 75k soccer stadium, anywhere in the U.S.... yeah, that is just pretty much total folly.
 
2013-11-25 10:51:49 AM  

Minarets: syrynxx: Are there even 75,000 people in the entire U.S. that like soccer?

Yes, but they all live in Seattle.


Damn straight.
 
2013-11-25 11:19:06 AM  

EddieFC: Stubhub Center


Seriously? They allowed the perpetuators of the mythical Fenway sellout streak to own naming rights?


And as for the subject at hand, in four years at Lockhart Stadium, the Fusion averaged 9,403 per game.  There are at least two stadiums in South Florida - those used by FAU & FIU - that seat TWICE that.  Sun Life is beyond what is necessary for a MLS team as well.

The part of all of this that no one with the money to fund soccer teams seems to realize is that while it is a popular sport, the majority of fans who like specific team like teams from somewhere else, whether it's your home country's team or some Premier League team or what.  Especially in a place like South Florida, which is notorious for having poorly attended sporting events
 
2013-11-25 11:28:28 AM  
Let's just leave Florida with Orlando City for now. No need to get ahead of ourselves, MLS will be trying to integrate two new franchises in already with NYCFC, no one wants to see the league overexpand.
 
2013-11-25 11:29:26 AM  

Minarets: syrynxx: Are there even 75,000 people in the entire U.S. that like soccer?

Yes, but they all live in Seattle.


Damn straight. Hey, we like our Sounders.
 
2013-11-25 11:33:11 AM  

dletter: show me: powhound: Here in Salt Lake, they built the stadium for RSL to hold around 14 or 15K I think, and MLS had to accept an agreement to no Sunday home games

Wow, the Mormons are still that powerful, huh? Can they at least sell beer at the games?

I am pretty sure the Jazz and their minor league hockey (Grizzlies) team don't play home Sunday games either.... but, the minor league baseball team does (the "Bees"... actually sitll thought they were the "Buzz" because all their teams try to copy the "zz" of the Jazz, but, I guess they had to change it in 2000)... obviously it would be "difficult" to not play Sunday home games with baseball scheduling, but, it could be done... just wondering why they "get away" with this apparent "heresy" in Utah vs. the other teams... is it just "baseball just has to do it"?


I'm guessing because baseball has a ton of games and is very reliant on having them in good weather. Choping off a day a week in the season would be too much for the team and the league. As for the story, I don't know why anyone would take this seriously. It is obviously bullshiat. The average MLS stadium opens at 20k capacity. Miami will be no different.
 
2013-11-25 11:35:51 AM  

Palmer Eldritch: Let's just leave Florida with Orlando City for now. No need to get ahead of ourselves, MLS will be trying to integrate two new franchises in already with NYCFC, no one wants to see the league overexpand.


I think the league is looking to get to 24 teams by 2018-2020, and then I think they'll sit tight on that for a long while... any "new" markets after that would be from moving franchises then that are underperforming in their markets.
 
2013-11-25 11:43:14 AM  
So the football legend plans to develop his own 75,000-capacity complex, with a hotel and shops. For now the team will use the Sun Life Stadium, former home to the Miami Marlins baseball team.

Calling Sun Life Stadium the "former home to the Miami Marlins" is sort of like calling Wrigley Field the former home of the Chicago Bears.  Yeah, it's true, but the stadium isn't known for that tenant and the tenant the stadium is known for is still using it.

Minarets: syrynxx: Are there even 75,000 people in the entire U.S. that like soccer?

Yes, but they all live in Seattle.


Well, Seattle and Portland, but your point still stands.
 
2013-11-25 12:11:55 PM  
I love what MLS is doing, that new Orlando team is going to have 20k every week

75k stadium in Miami? whyyyyy Beckham
 
2013-11-25 01:04:18 PM  

Palmer Eldritch: Let's just leave Florida with Orlando City for now. No need to get ahead of ourselves, MLS will be trying to integrate two new franchises in already with NYCFC, no one wants to see the league overexpand.


Too late.

I watched a bit of the Portland/Salt Lake match last night.

Awful soccer.
 
2013-11-25 01:17:23 PM  
Which of their vaginas is it going to look like?
 
2013-11-25 02:03:08 PM  

MugzyBrown: Palmer Eldritch: Let's just leave Florida with Orlando City for now. No need to get ahead of ourselves, MLS will be trying to integrate two new franchises in already with NYCFC, no one wants to see the league overexpand.

Too late.

I watched a bit of the Portland/Salt Lake match last night.

Awful soccer.


The Sporting KC/Houston match the night before was a 1000x better. Last night was Portland showing they are about a year away from competing. They are really good and that pains me to say that as a Sounders fan. I just wish MLS forced teams into using all grass playing surface and not Field Turf or whatever the synthetic turf is called now.
 
2013-11-25 02:32:27 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Just look at the incredible string of sellouts generated by that new Marlins stadium.


Pretty much.  And at least the Marlins' stadium had the redeeming quality of getting rid of the Marlins and that awful infield that got about half the Fins' roster injured every year.

What's the point?  Joe Robbie built the stadium to accommodate soccer already.  That's why the sideline seats are so absurdly far away from the sidelines (and why the atmosphere is shiat for American football).  And it already seats 75k for soccer games.

Mercifully, I'd imagine the city's not going to cough up money for it after the Marlins and airport deals.

And where the hell's he gonna build a it?  The Everglades?
 
2013-11-25 03:00:36 PM  
In MIAMI? Beckham, you dip. Sports fans don't exist in Florida and Cubans aren't soccer fans. Why do you think the Fusion folded?
 
2013-11-25 03:19:04 PM  
This is actually a really good idea.  If the soccer stadium has shops and restaurants, you'll have some way to entertain yourself while the game is going on.
 
2013-11-25 03:32:43 PM  

gimmegimme: This is actually a really good idea.  If the soccer stadium has shops and restaurants, you'll have some way to entertain yourself while the game is going on.


Haha... but, effectively, he wants a "mall" with a 75k soccer stadium in the middle of it then?

Are there any stadiums/arenas for any sports in the U.S. that are effectively in the middle of what we'd consider a "mall"?    I'm not aware of any, but, I'm sure I might be not aware of some stadiums configurations.
 
2013-11-25 04:51:58 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: I saw the Wizards play in Arrowhead. 60000 empty seats is not as fun an atmosphere as you might imagine.


Thankfully, they play in Sporting Park now, which sells out every game and is known to have tremendous atmosphere (saturdays game being a good example).

Of course, in Miami, an MLS team would still draw more than the Marlins, though that isn't really hard to do.
 
2013-11-25 09:47:10 PM  
more important is this pic in the sidebar:

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