MIAMI — Arquitectonica, a Miami-based architectural firm, on Monday released preliminary details of what a Major League Soccer stadium site plan might look like if based downtown at the Port of Miami.
The conceptual master plan includes a stadium design developed by 360 Architecture in collaboration with Arquitectonica. “When people think of Miami, they immediately think about being near or on the water. I asked my team to develop ideas for a stadium that embraces the best of the destination,” said British soccer great David Beckham, who is pushing for an MLS franchise and for the port location.
“Even though we are in the early stages of building the franchise, I believe we have a vision that not only Miami would be proud of, but one that will resonate around the world,” Beckham said in a statement accompanying the renderings.
Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Arquitectonica’s founding principal, said the proposed stadium would “create a vibrant hub of cultural and entertainment activity along Miami’s waterfront, framed by significant new parks, plazas and open spaces along the Bay.”
Arqitectonia and Beckham’s team looked at more than 30 sites before settling on the port area but no final decision has been made. Concerns over a port location include the possibility that the area won’t be able to handle the additional traffic. Negotiations are taking place with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.