Former England captain David Beckham has unveiled plans for a 25,000-seat stadium on Miami's waterfront for his Major League Soccer team.The 38-year-old retired as a player last May and earlier this year announced plans to start a new MLS franchise in the American city.
"When people think of Miami, they immediately think about being near or on the water," said Beckham.
The open-air stadium would sit next to the Miami Heat basketball team's arena.
He flew to Miami to drum up support for the stadium, located in the Port of Miami, which would feature steep grandstands to give fans the feeling of being on top of the action.
The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris St-German player added: "The important part for us is getting everybody on side, getting everybody to realise why we want to bring the team here, and why we want to have the stadium in a certain place."
Beckham's property advisor said: "The funding is in place. The goal is to have a team playing by 2016."
Should the Port of Miami site fall through, Beckham's investor group has other areas under consideration, including one near the Miami International Airport and another at Florida International University.