Glossy renderings have been released for a 25,000-seater stadium in the Port of Miami, designed by Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture. The duo has drawn up the concept to demonstrate what a potential masterplan for the stadium site may look like should former England captain David Beckham be successful in his mission to realise a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Miami.
Beckham explains: “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. 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.”
The early renderings show an open-air stadium with the Miami skyline as a backdrop, surrounded by a buzzing commercial district. Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture have devised this illustrative site plan to complement the Port’s existing masterplan and to demonstrate the final outcome should private investors be attracted to the site, constructing commercial developments to provide revenue for the Port.
It has been reported that three other sites have been outlined by Beckham’s team however renderings have only been released for the Port of Miami location. The three other sites are said to be on Florida International University’s western campus, land near the Miami International Airport, and a site next to Marlins Park in Little Havana.
Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Founding Principal of Miami-based Arquitectonica details: “Miami’s passionate soccer fans deserve an iconic stadium, and the Port of Miami provides a setting that would be truly unique not just for soccer in America, but globally. The stadium would build on the incredible evolution of downtown Miami, and 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.”