40 responses

  1. fischy
    May 20, 2014

    So long as they build it on stilts, it will be fine.

    • Lennart Bengtsson
      May 20, 2014

      You exaggerate.

    • The Imperative Voice
      May 20, 2014

      “When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that’s what you’re going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England. “

      • bill
        May 20, 2014

        This dude^ Hilarious.

      • MiamiAl
        May 20, 2014

        Is this a John DeLorean quote???…. :)

      • Kodi
        May 20, 2014

        What a reference..Amazing.

      • Kodi
        May 20, 2014

        This was in response to IV’s quote.

      • The Imperative Voice
        May 20, 2014

        Monty Python/ Holy Grail.

      • Jim
        May 20, 2014

        Awesome reference. But don’t forget the huge tracts of land.

  2. Brain Guy
    May 20, 2014

    There may be an unintentionally funny error here. A boat slip is a spot for a single boat. I think the site is a marina. It’s like the difference between a parking space and a parking lot.

    • DCUPedro
      May 20, 2014

      It’s a deepwater boat slip. Big enough for a cruise ship or cargo container ship.

      We’re not talking about where you dock your fishing boat. Have you seen the site?

      • Increase
        May 20, 2014

        They have tiny tiny maps of it in the article. It does indeed look like 1 massive slip.

      • Brain Guy
        May 20, 2014

        No. I’m just relying on my (admittedly limited) sense of the terminology. Do big ships go into a “berth” as opposed to a “slip”? Have I gotten far enough off topic for everyone?

      • NICK
        May 20, 2014

        You just made this interesting.

  3. mouf
    May 20, 2014

    just make the stadium on a massive yacht and be done with it

  4. DCUPedro
    May 20, 2014

    A referendum… lol…

    Yeah, this is not going to happen. It almost makes me think they’re trying to kill the deal.

    • Dan
      May 20, 2014

      The estimated cost of filling the slip is like 15 million (make that 45 million because, well, it’s Miami). Beckham has already said their group is willing to pay 250 million for the stadium so if they have to pony up for that out of their own pocket so be it. By filling the slip and building the stadium there’d actually be a net INCREASE in land area for museum park. If beckham does this all with private funding I see no reason for the public to say no.

      But then again, this is Miami so much weirder things have happened.

      • NICK
        May 20, 2014

        15 million is a lot of fill.

      • DCUPedro
        May 20, 2014

        You’re making arguments that are rational and cost-benefit based.

        But that’s not how voters think about stadiums. They’ve been conditioned by bad NFL and MLB deals and “urban planning experts” to hate stadiums and think every stadium deal is the same and its all a swindle.

        When’s the last time that voters approved a stadium deal in a referendum? And in MIAMI of all places after the Marlins debacle?

      • wiger toods
        May 20, 2014

        I’ve been there after a Heat game has let out and traffic was a nightmare. Unless Beckahm and MLS are willing to go on record and schedule games around Heat games (and concerts), the voters will likely vote against due to increased traffic concerns. (See how the GSW’s new arena got shot down in SF)

      • Dan
        May 20, 2014

        They’ve already said they wouldn’t schedule home games the same day as the Heat.

      • Miguel De Zayas
        May 20, 2014

        Use public transportation

      • MB
        May 20, 2014

        This location actually looks more centrally located than the port location. I wonder if they had this spot in mind all along…..

    • NICK
      May 20, 2014

      I laughed at this too. Referendum, GTFO!

  5. beto
    May 20, 2014

    This sounds like a better (more feasible) than the port one but still not really a good fealing about it.

    In order to have a successful team you gotta have a community that wants you there! An MLS creation like this might be a big fail. I agree that a Miami team (that is done right) would be a huge step for MLS but this has trainwreck writen all over it.

  6. Miguel De Zayas
    May 20, 2014

    The second choice near tha AAA is much less controversial. If you’re still lookung for a classy name title for our soccer team then I ‘ve got the perfect one fir yoy to consider: “Miami Reefs” thanks.

  7. tga
    May 20, 2014

    drive in pilings….build the stadium on the pilings….with water underneath….the cooling effect in August will be life savings

    • UncleDude
      May 20, 2014

      Pier40 in NYC.

  8. Miguel De Zayas
    May 20, 2014

    Soccer is universal. It will pass the referendum clean and the new stadium will open a door for european focus in our city. Transporting access is perfect with the rail and mover… just ignore the pesimist crowd and bring it on!

    • DCUPedro
      May 20, 2014

      You can’t ignore them in a referendum.

  9. Thomas
    May 20, 2014

    Wow well this could be very anti-climatic.

    “Hey, you guys get to build a stadium thats right next to another stadium and a highway. Congratulations!!!!…and youre welcome.” – city of Miami

  10. Miguel De Zayas
    May 20, 2014

    Let’s build it! During the low seasons we could use drug dealers, criminals and sex predators as “gladiators” and enjoy watching how they compete with each other on the arena… Gosh! I miss the Roman Empire! Things were more simpler back then…

  11. bryan
    May 20, 2014

    i think this happens without many problems. everyone seems to be okay with it. that “Alliance” said they don’t care, which is something. it increases the value of the land and creates additional land. it’s private money. no one seems to be coming out against it. PortMiami had immediate detractors. i guess we’ll see what happens in the vote…

  12. Jim
    May 20, 2014

    Wait wait wait…new location? What we need to know is…

    Is da new stadium down by da BEACH???

  13. Brain Guy
    May 20, 2014

    Filling in 9 acres of open water is going to raise some serious environmental issues (and probable opposition).

  14. NASL to El Paso tx
    May 20, 2014

    So nycfc will get their fancy stadium latest 2018-19 ,Orlando gets their stadium in 2016, Atlanta will get their nfl stadium in 2017 and Miami will get theirs latest 2016.
    Therefore, will Miami join the league in 2016 making it 22 teams then Atlanta will come in with the surprise expansion team Las Vegas in 2017.
    Because the way it looks, Las Vegas has everything MLS is asking for and their stadium can actually be ready before all these expansion teams.
    If I was garber, I would get Las Vegas now before nba or MLB gets their first. Imagine having L.A, Miami, NYC, and Las Vegas in MLS, that’s a fancy league ;) too bad Chicago has a sucky team and stadium
    Or could chivas USA move to Vegas and Sacramento becomes the 24th team.
    I final thought, the race for 25,26,27,28 is going to get lunatic, if you include okc, Austin, cosmos, Nashville , nc, Indy, st.louis, a Canadian city, ( Minneapolis, Sacramento, San Antonio, Vegas)
    I smell MLS 2 :)

  15. Chris
    May 20, 2014

    I was hoping Becks would cut a deal with Royal Caribbean. Something along the lines of “I will drop all plans to build on your Port, if you guys throw your backing behind us getting a stadium at the new site…feel free to pay some cash and sponsor the stadium too.”

    I guess he is moving on, but I don’t think he cut quite that deal haha

  16. Dan
    May 20, 2014

    Btw towards the middle of the attached link someone made an image of Rio Tinto imposed on Museum Park w/ the slip filled in. Gives you an idea of what everything would look like in the end.

    Miami ends up with more park space along the water and the view of the high-rises isn’t obscured.

    Please please please make this happen. This is by far the most reasonable option

    link to skyscrapercity.com

    • bryan
      May 21, 2014

      interesting. thanks for passing along.

      FYI, image is currently on page 2 of the thread.

  17. Joamiq
    May 21, 2014

    This too would be a beautiful location for a stadium. The views would be amazing.

    I will bet though that local residents will be far more opposed to this location than the port island. Closer to their backyard and whatnot.

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