Miami's love of soccer: Developers and supporters brought up South Florida's love of soccer during a City Commission meeting on the proposal. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale market ranked No. 1 in U.S. viewership for the World Cup in Spanish on Telemundo, according to data analytics company Nielsen.
Amphitheater: The soccer stadium would have an amphitheater for projecting games. This setup is reminiscent of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where people can watch concerts while stretched out on the lawn.
Kids can play: The proposal includes 23 acres of public soccer fields. During a presentation, the biggest name on the project, retired star David Beckham, talked about his humble beginnings and being given the opportunity to play soccer.
More than a stadium: The project would have 400,000 square feet of offices and technology space and 600,000 square feet of retail, including entertainment and dining.
Parks: A 58-acre park would be created as part of the project.
Overall, the development and open space component would take up 110 acres of the 150-acre International Links Melreese Country Club east of Miami International Airport.
The proposed project comes with a plan for a 750-room hotel. The number of hotel rooms was one of many points of contention at a City Commission meeting, with one commissioner noting some city records list only 500 rooms.
David Beckham and brothers Jorge and Jose Mas, heads of Coral Gables-based infrastructure company MasTec Inc., want to build a 25,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium plus more than 1.5 million square feet of other new development and parks at the city-owned Melreese golf course in Miami.
They are asking the City Commission on Wednesday to put the land lease and proposed project on the November ballot. The deadline for requesting a ballot measure is Aug. 7.