South Florida by the numbers: World Cup/Miami soccer edition

Maracana Stadium
Maracana Stadium

“South Florida by the numbers” is a web feature that catalogs the most notable, quirky and surprising real estate statistics. GOOOOOOOL! The 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament is already underway in Brazil, with 32 national teams vying for the prize.

In an increasingly global city like Miami, passion for World Cup soccer is palpable, relentless, and as diverse as the city’s population. Will that passion extend to the widely scrutinized Major League Soccer Miami franchise headed by superstar David Beckham? Can soccer impact Miami business and real estate in the same way that, for example, the Miami Heat has for the past four years? We will find out soon enough. So, whether you call it “association football,” “soccer,” or “fútbol,” kick back and enjoy this edition of South Florida by the numbers.


At the time of this writing, number of proposed (and rejected by Miami politicians) public waterfront sites for soccer icon David Beckham’s Major League Soccer stadium. Beckham is reportedly eager to build the stadium in downtown Miami, but is open to other locations – and markets – to establish his franchise. [Sun-Sentinel]



Number of soccer fans who attended last year’s International Champions Cup title game at Sun Life Stadium. (The ICC is organized by a company owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.) The stadium will also host this year’s title game on August 4. [Crain’s]



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Square footage of a waterfront home purchased earlier this year by Israeli soccer star Tal Ben Haim in North Miami Beach’s Eastern Shores community. Ben Haim paid nearly $2 million for the home. [The Real Deal]



Number of televisions showing all 64 World Cup matches at Fado Irish Pub in Brickell. The bar is just one of several Miami businesses planning major promotions and events around the tournament. [Miami Herald]


$90 million

Annual amount to be paid by ESPN, Fox, and Univision for the rights to broadcast Major League Soccer games through 2022 (a major increase from the existing $15 million per year agreement). MLS is adding franchises in Miami, Orlando, New York City and Atlanta in the coming seasons. [South Florida Business Journal]

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