Election Day May Shape The Future Of Major League Soccer

The MLS nd Commissioner Don Garber are watching closely.



Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and his bosses, the MLS owners, are particularly interested in Election Day. San Diego and Miami have stadium referendums on the ballot that will impact David Beckham’s proposed team in Miami and in San Diego voters will decide on stadium issues that could bring an MLS team to the city. In Miami, David Beckham wants a piece of public land for his proposed stadium-village concept.  There are two questions facing San Diego voters. San Diego State University has a different vision for redeveloping the present stadium area than Soccer City backers.  There are a few possible outcomes. One plan wins, the other loses. Both plans win but the proposal that gets the most votes wins. Both lose and the future of the stadium area is unknown with city elected officials having to come up with a new plan.

The San Diego State University and Soccer City proposals have the same goal. Build a stadium that could be used for a Major League Soccer franchise. Soccer City wants a 23,500 seat building that could be expanded to accommodate San Diego State football. The university would build a 35,000 seat stadium that could be used for soccer or expand the building by 20,000 seats in an attempt to lure the NFL back to town. Soccer City’s plan includes setting aside 16 acres in the event the NFL is interested in returning to San Diego to build an NFL style stadium.  There would be a stadium-village offering, a hotel, housing, a commercial district and a park.  Beckham’s plan is far more straight forward. Miami voters are not actually voting on whether they should give Beckham land for his team. Instead the voters will decide if Beckham and his partners should skip the competitive bidding process for public land and waive city law. The voters will speak.