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Broward County Pitching Beckham Group To Consider Building Stadium North Of Miami

Beckham's group continues to seek stadium sites in parts of Miami
Broward County (Fla.) Mayor Barbara Sharief has asked all 31 municipalities in the county to "come forward with a list of possible spots" where David Beckham's group could build a new MLS stadium, according to Bryan & Davis of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. A few cities, including Hollywood and Hallandale Beach, are already "scrambling to oblige." In addition, the county is "offering up a spot it owns" in Sunrise. But Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that the expansion franchise is "still looking for sites" further south in Miami. Miami-Dade Dir of Communications Michael Hernandez said, "Nothing has changed. [Gimenez] spoke to them again last week and they told him they were searching for sites in Miami-Dade County. We are going to continue working with them. We want soccer in Miami-Dade County." Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter said that she "reached out to Beckham's lobbyist in early July and suggested they consider county-owned land next to the BB&T Center in Sunrise." Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper also said that she "contacted Beckham's lobbying team in early June to invite them to take a look at a privately owned parcel in her city." Cooper: "If South Florida loses a team like this, it would be a sin." Meanwhile, NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers Managing Dir Tim Robbie said that his franchise would be "interested in partnering" with Beckham's group to create a Broward-based MLS team. But MLS has "made it clear it prefers basing a team in downtown Miami." MLS officials "have not discussed Broward as an alternative site, yet aren't ruling it out" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 7/22).
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