David Beckham has jetted off. Rabid soccer fans have gone home. Paparazzi have trained their cameras elsewhere.
Now comes the real work for Beckham and his investors hoping to bring an expansion Major League Soccer franchise to Miami.
The sports venture hinges on building a new soccer stadium. And finding a home for one won’t be easy.
To replicate the MLS’ success in other cities, Beckham’s group wants 10 to 12 acres downtown near public transportation, to lure fans and save on parking costs. Oh, and bay views would be nice.
Few sites fit even some, much less all, of that criteria — especially if a deal has to be completed within the next six months or so, now that Beckham has exercised an option in his contract to purchase a new franchise for a discounted $25 million.