The epic saga that is David Beckham’s Miami MLS franchise is now a decade old, but it finally appears to be clearing some of the final major hurdles. When Beckham joined MLS in 2007, part of his incentive package was that after he retired he could launch a new team with a discounted franchise fee of only $25 million.
Besiktas celebrated back-to-back Turkish Super Lig titles (the first time they’d managed the feat since a three-peat between 1989 and 1992) with the customary victory parade, but the club’s unique geography allowed for some truly spectacular sights as they opted for a less traditional open-top boat.
Today, the Millennium Stadium in the Welsh capital of Cardiff will play host to the biggest game in club football, the Champions League final. You probably already know that. What you probably do not know is that the venue was once at the mercy of a hex which doomed one side whenever they played a major final at the stadium.
In anticipation of Sunday night’s Liga MX final second leg at Estadio Chivas, we spoke with Jose Maria Aldrete Gonzalez, Facility and Turf Manager for the building and a member of the Sports Turf Managers Association.
Originally employed as an architect during the construction of the stadium, which opened in 2010, Aldrete has continued in his new role since that time, including overseeing the transition from an artificial playing surface to natural grass at the behest of Johan Cruyff in 2012.
When it comes to stadium plans, the first thing you'd think would be an absolute must would be the implementation of a parking area that adoring fans and staff can use to actually attend a match.
In the case of the proposed expansion MLS team in Miami, they decided to omit this extremely important aspect completely.
According to media reports, the NFL has contributed $12.8 million toward Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium.
The initial payment will likely go towards custom-tailoring the 61,000-seat stadium for hosting NFL games. Tottenham had agreed to a 10-year deal that allows the NFL to host a minimum of two games per season at the stadium, which is not expected to open until the start of the 2018-19 season.
LAFC are planning on opening their Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles in time for their inaugural 2018 MLS season. These are the latest renderings and they are lush.
The framing of downtown Los Angeles in one corner is surreal, the pitchside seats would be an insanely awesome experience and it all has the feel of an incredibly high end Copacabana beach resort. There are swimming pools.
With the news of Mexico, Canada and the United States officially announcing a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, it seems likely that other countries will follow suit. The 48-team field will require an additional 16 games, bringing the tournament’s total to 80. Here’s a list of some countries that might look to share the responsibilities of hosting additional players, media members and fans.
#1. Uruguay and Argentina