David Beckham: Former England captain must win over opponents to Miami stadium

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player is to start a new MLS franchise

David Beckham says he wants to win round opponents of his plans to build a stadium for his new Miami team in the port of the Florida city.

Cruise operators have raised concerns about traffic problems if the 25,000-seater stadium for the Major League Soccer franchise in the heart of Port Miami receives the go-ahead.

Beckham attended a news conference in Miami on Monday to announce the development plans and said of the opposition: "I want to change their minds.

"I don't want to be an enemy to the people that are opposed to the stadium. I want to work with them."

Beckham pictured at the announcement of the Miami franchise Beckham pictured at the announcement of the Miami franchise  

Beckham has also hired a lobbyist to try to secure state aid from Florida to part-fund the stadium, according to the Miami Herald. Other stadiums in the state receive annual aid.

Beckham added: "We want to be treated like every other franchise. We're not asking for anything more or anything less."

PA

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