David Beckham and his investing group have purchased land for a new soccer stadium in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, the organization announced Thursday.
In February 2014, Beckham announced in he would buy a Miami MLS expansion franchise, a perk of the contract he signed with the LA Galaxy in 2007. Since then, he has been looking for a location to build a privately-funded stadium in Miami, with proposals to build the stadium downtown and in an area across from Marlins Park all falling through.
“We have the right site, the right ownership group, and a loyal base of fans counting down the days until are first match,” Beckham’s partner Marcelo Claure said in a statement. “We’re all-in on Overtown, and we couldn’t be more excited about moving forward with plans to deliver the most responsible stadium in Miami history.”
Beckham will still need political approvals at the county and city level to build the stadium.
In a playing career spanning from 1992–2013, Beckham played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, the Galaxy, Milan and Paris Saint German. He also starred for the English national team, recording over 100 appearances through 2009.