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Opposition grows to David Beckham's Miami stadium

Published on Apr 27, 2014 5:58 AM
This photo taken on Feb 5, 2014 shows former football star David Beckham (centre), wearing a Major League Soccer (MLS) scarf, posing with MLS fans and MLS Commissioner Don Garber (left) and Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez (right), after holding a press conference at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, Florida. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - David Beckham is facing a challenge as demanding as any goalkeeper he's ever faced: overcoming opposition to his plans for a Miami stadium to serve as home to his new team.

The English football icon announced plans for the state-of-the-art open-air stadium, to be located at the Port of Miami, amid much fanfare in March.

With a US$250 million (S$314 million) price tag, the stadium would have room for 25,000 fans and a view both of Miami's downtown skyline and of the ocean.

The new stadium would be home to the Major Soccer League (MLS) team that the former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid star aims to launch by 2017.

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