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David Beckham could partner in new Miami football stadium

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08:21 AM ET 02.16 | David Beckham's group is exploring the feasibility of building a soccer stadium that would be large enough to accommodate the University of Miami football team, and UM would have interest if the stadium meets the school's requirements and if the Hurricanes can somehow escape their long Sun Life Stadium lease, according to sources on both sides.

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February 16, 2014  09:14 AM ET

Why Beckham's group?


Couldn't they get Nevin Shapiro's group to do their financing....?

February 16, 2014  09:33 AM ET
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Why Beckham's group?Couldn't they get Nevin Shapiro's group to do their financing....?

Ziiiinnnnnnggggggggg!

Enter SVT.

February 16, 2014  09:39 AM ET

On a serious note. This would be good for Miami football. I tuned in to a game last Fall and there was no one there. It was embarrassing for the tv camera to do an aerial shot or show the stands.

I look at their announced attendance (Va Tech 66k+). Somebody is lying. There is no way there were that many people there.

As long as Beckham builds this thing in proximity to the UM campus I would be in favor. If the students have to travel to get to it then they might as well stay in SunLife.

February 16, 2014  09:45 AM ET
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On a serious note. This would be good for Miami football. I tuned in to a game last Fall and there was no one there. It was embarrassing for the tv camera to do an aerial shot or show the stands. I look at their announced attendance (Va Tech 66k+). Somebody is lying. There is no way there were that many people there.As long as Beckham builds this thing in proximity to the UM campus I would be in favor. If the students have to travel to get to it then they might as well stay in SunLife.

exactly so one of UMs requirements would be to have cardboard cutouts placed in seats before each game.

February 16, 2014  10:29 AM ET
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... As long as Beckham builds this thing in proximity to the UM campus I would be in favor. If the students have to travel to get to it then they might as well stay in SunLife.

Agreed.

As best I can tell Sun Life is about 20 miles from campus.

Also the article states UM has about 30,000 season ticket holders and allots 6000 seats for students and another 4000 to sell to the visiting team.

February 16, 2014  12:45 PM ET

if the Hurricanes can somehow escape their long Sun Life Stadium lease...



Threaten to move them to L.A.

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February 16, 2014  01:35 PM ET

"David Beckham's group is exploring the feasibility of building a soccer stadium that would be large enough to accommodate the University of Miami football team..."

Since MLS's minimum stadium size is about 20k -22k, that should be plenty for most games. Play the bigger games (FSU, UF) up at SunLife.

February 16, 2014  02:54 PM ET
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if the Hurricanes can somehow escape their long Sun Life Stadium lease... Threaten to move them to L.A.

This gave me a healthy chortle.

February 16, 2014  04:51 PM ET

Looks like his underwear commercial days are over. Yeah on the skids.

February 17, 2014  06:53 AM ET

Miami converts to Canadian rules, plays on the larger field.

 
February 17, 2014  07:28 AM ET
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Miami converts to Canadian rules, plays on the larger field.

They would have an advantage

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