David Beckham’s MLS club has moved a step closer after plans for a new stadium to be built was approved by Miami residents.
The former England captain wants to start a new team called Inter Miami but needed support from local residents for the project to proceed.
In a referendum on Tuesday, 60 percent of the votes backed his plans for a 25,000-seater stadium to be built next to the city’s airport on land that is currently a golf course.
The vote is a major hurdle cleared for Beckham following five years of delays, and his team must now negotiate terms of the lease with city officials before building work can start.
Beckham said; “I need to say a big thanks to the fans who have stuck by us.
“Today is an exciting day. We have had a dream of bringing a team to this great city. We want to create a legacy, something our children will aspire to. But we also want to win. I am not coming here just to have a pretty team. Winning championships are important to me.”
The former England captain’s group must now earn approval from four of the five city commissioners. Two of them – Manolo Reyes and Willy Gort – opposed the referendum earlier this year.
Beckham’s lavish $1 billion (£762m) project will include a stadium complex as well as a huge shopping mall, a 750-room hotel, office space and a 58-acre public park.