Beckham's team unveils alternate soccer stadium plans

Stadium would fill downtown Miami boat slip, seat at least 20,000

MIAMI - David Beckham's team said filling in a downtown Miami boat slip will provide enough space to build a Major League Soccer stadium and add more parkland.

Fellow investor and businessman Marcelo Claure and real estate adviser John Alschuler presented the new plans Thursday.

The design calls for utilizing an empty plot of land behind the AmericanAirlines Arena where the Miami Heat play and the unused boat slip nearby. The stadium would seat at least 20,000 people and be connected by a waterfront walkway to nearby museums, restaurants and green spaces.

Beckham's group developed the new design after their initial plan to build at PortMiami was scratched. A coalition of political and businesses leaders opposed building at the port.

Alschuler said they will present the proposal to voters in a referendum.

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