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Beckham suffers fresh blow to Miami stadium plans

Published on May 21, 2014 6:31 AM
 
A file picture taken on Feb 5, 2014 shows former England and Manchester United star, David Beckham (centre) posing for photos Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber (left) and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (right) after holding a press conference at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Miami, Florida. Beckham's hopes of seeing his new Miami football team play at a prime spot at the port of Miami were all but blown out of the water on May 20, 2014 in a major setback for the former Manchester United idol. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - David Beckham's hopes of seeing his new Miami football team play at a prime spot at the port of Miami were on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, all but blown out of the water in a major setback for the former Manchester United idol.

The former Real Madrid and England midfielder wants to build a US$250 million (S$313 million) state-of-the-art open-air stadium with 25,000 seats for his recently acquired Major League Soccer (MLS) team.

His preferred site, at PortMiami, would have spectacular sweeping views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami.

But shipping interests and local authorities have opposed the proposal, fearing it will disrupt port operations.

 
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