Written by: Daniel Torres/Staff Writer
David Beckham’s MLS ownership group has contacted Florida International University on February 7, to negotiate the usage of Riccardo Silva Stadium for Inter Miami CF 2020 inaugural season, according to CBS 4 Miami Sports.
“I can confirm that David Beckham’s group is negotiating with FIU to play their inaugural MLS season at Riccardo Silva Stadium in 2020,” said Luis Zabala of CBS Miami.
The stadium naming rights belong to Miami FC’s President/co-owner Riccardo Silva. Rumors are that the Miami FC will be ditching FIU and moving to Barry University or St. Thomas University.
“We are proud of Riccardo Silva Stadium, and our ongoing, long-term partnership with FIU President Rosenberg and its Athletics Director, Pete Garcia. The Miami FC, its staff and fans look forward to playing more games at Riccardo Silva Stadium this year and beyond. We support our friends at Inter Miami but aren’t in a position to comment on rumors about any discussions with FIU,” said a spokesperson for Silva to CBS Miami.
Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn tells NBC 6 that FIU football has scheduling priority of the stadium with Miami FC second in line. The Miami FC season schedule would run at the same time as Inter Miami’s season schedule. FIU Athletics has told NBC 6 “no comment” while a source within the University states “to read between the lines”.
With a vote pending February 8, 2019 that would see Inter Miami CF renovate Ft. Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium for use of their youth academy and training fields for the first team. This puts Marlins Park out of the question as well as Hard Rock Stadium who will be hosting the Miami Open for the next several years. Inter Miami CF has not put forth an official statement regarding its negotiations with FIU.
PantherNOW reached out to the spokespeople of the Riccardo Silva Stadium, but were not given a comment about the recent news.
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