This week on architecture and style: David Beckham’s Miami soccer stadium won’t include parking space

Football star David Beckham is planning a Major League Soccer stadium with 25,000 seats on nine acres in Miami. The only thing it will not have? Car park

In a city famous for its parking structures, this apparent omission may seem like a big deal. However, Beckham representatives were eager to explain their thoughts at a community meeting earlier this month.

"We're going to encourage the use of Metromover, Metrorail, water taxis, trip sharing," said Miami Herald, Spencer Crowley, lobbyist and Miami lawyer Beckham United. "We see this as a paradigm shift for the county as to how people get to big events."

In the spirit of the arrival traditions of football, walkers would walk from the nearest Metrorail station to the stadium, in the Overtown area of ​​Miami. For the pilots, Miami Beckham United would reserve 2,000 parking spaces in the city, renting shuttles to bring spectators to the stadium. Another idea: a cruise ship (yes) could also land along the Miami River and lovers will walk a few blocks to see the game.

When the group showed preliminary stage yields to the residents a year and a half ago, many complained that the volume was too large. The new renderings, by Populous, show a sharper design than the first, with a thinner canopy and more openings to capture the Florida breeze.

The stadium would open in 2021, with approvals for zoning changes expected to take a year.

This is just the final chapter in the quest to bring an MLS team to Miami. Last year, Beckham was not able to find an investor for the $ 300 million expansion franchise home, but now the co-owner of L.Aod Dodgers, Todd Boehly, Stadium and the team could play in a temporary place during construction.

However, before being able to advance with MLS, the Beckham group needs an agreement to buy the site owned by the county for $ 9 million. Miami-Dade contract conditions allowed Beckham to delay the purchase of the land until the City of Miami approves the proposed stadium of his group.

At a public meeting on 17 May, residents of the region expressed their views on the new proposal. Residents of the wealthy neighborhood of Spring Garden expressed concern that their neighborhood would be overwhelmed with people looking for a place to park.