With Museum Park out of the equation, the future location of David Beckham's soccer stadium is up in the air.
Well, Rep. Joe Garcia has a great idea. He sent a letter to the Beckham team and other local officials this week bringing up the idea of building a stadium in Homestead or Florida City, of all places. Granted, both Beckahm and MLS seem committed to building a stadium somewhere in Miami's urban core, and Homestead is, well, the exact opposite of an urban core.
"In addition to the residents of the City of Miami, these South Dade communities would help form a devoted fan base that would fuel attendance at games and contribute to a strong sense of solidarity with a with the team," writes Garcia.
Garcia's letter also indicates that State Sen. Dwight Bullard, Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, State Rep. Kionee McGhee, and County Commissioner Denis Moss. The legislators mentioned all represent districts in the area.
The idea is worth less than the piece of paper it was printed on.
The MLS has stated that a stadium in Little Havana near Marlins Park is too far out of the urban core for their liking, and that's only like 10 to 15 minutes out of the urban core. A trip from New Times HQ in Wynwood to Homestead City Hall is about an hour drive, according to Google Maps. The trip to Florida City is about the same.
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There's also the matter of fact that Miami sports teams do always count on support from Broward County residents, and it's highly unlikely they'd ever bother making that trip with great regularity.
Granted, this isn't the only odd idea being floated around. FAU contacted Bekcham's team about playing in their football stadium in Boca Raton, even as the Palm Beach County Sports Commission called it an "extreme long shot." Naked Politics notes commissioner Sally Heyman thought Sun Life Stadium would be a perfect location despite the fact it holds about four times more people that show up to an average MLS game.
So this is probably not something worth discussing. The real question: where exactly is there a large plot of land that could hold a soccer stadium left in Miami's urban core?