Renderings for new soccer stadium released

Stadium expected to be completed by 2018

By Christina Vazquez - Reporter , Terrell Forney - Reporter , Associated Press

MIAMI - A first look at the potential new stadium that could be built as Major League Soccer comes to South Florida was released Monday.

The renderings released by David Beckham's group show a sweeping stadium with views of the Miami skyline.

That stadium is expected to be completed by 2018 and will seat about 25,000 people.

Officials with the project said they will have a cost estimate in a few months, but no county or city funds will pay for it.

The goal is to have a team playing by 2016 in a temporary stadium while the new stadium is being built.

No decision has been made yet as to the location of the stadium. The preferred site is still the southwest corner of PortMiami, but several other options are being discussed.

In addition to the recommended site, Marlins Park, Florida International University and a site near the city's airport remain under consideration for the team.

Still, Beckham made it clear the downtown site is the best location, despite being an area already congested with traffic and with limited parking.

"Every stadium in the world, there's going to be traffic, so it's something we will try and deal with it, but it will be there," Beckham said at a news conference Monday.

Royal Caribbean has already expressed "serious reservations" about building a stadium at the PortMiami site, a spokeswoman for the cruise line said in a statement.

But Beckham said he doesn't want to be "an enemy to the people" against the stadium.

"I want to work with them," Beckham said. "I want to change their minds and change their minds to the fact that we're here to help."

Although taxpayers won't be on the hook, Beckham's group is looking for a tax break from the state.

"We want to be treated like every other franchise is treated," Beckham said.

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