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Miami mayor proposes new stadium site for Beckham

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has proposed a new site for a stadium for David Beckham's MLS expansion franchise.

Beckham and his partners have had a site at PortMiami in mind for a brand new development which will house the Miami soccer team that begins MLS play in 2017.

However, an alliance organised by Royal Caribbean Cruises is against the addition of a sports stadium on the waterfront as it would negatively affect cruise and cargo operations.

According to the Miami Herald, Mayor Gimenez has suggested that the Beckham group consider a site downtown, situated between Museum Park and AmericanAirlines Arena.

"Downtown Miami will greatly benefit from the creation of a grand waterfront park that will serve to bring our urban core closer to the water, providing a magnificent bay front walk along Biscayne Bay," Gimenez wrote in a to Beckham's real estate adviser John Alschuler.

The area, known as Parcel B, has certainly attracted the attention of Beckham's right-hand man Alschuler.

"The mayor's willingness to add Parcel B to the discussion is a fundamental change because it means the park would be larger and arguably better, because it has a greater percentage of bayfront property," Alschuler said.

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