David Beckham Endorses Las Vegas as Potential Site for Major League Soccer Expansion

On November 26, 2023, David Beckham, a renowned soccer player and part-owner of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, commonly known as Inter Miami CF, suggested Las Vegas as an ideal city for Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion. Beckham mentioned that the success of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights demonstrates the enthusiasm of the locals for home team sports, making it a promising location.

During the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix, Beckham expressed his belief that the arrival of Formula 1 was a significant step towards establishing Las Vegas as a major sports market. He mentioned that the city has the potential to become a significant sports destination, mirroring the success of the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL.

Beckham, who co-owns the Miami MLS team with billionaire Jorge Mas, emphasized the potential for MLS expansion in Las Vegas. The city has undergone a transformation in recent years, with the addition of professional sports teams such as the Golden Knights and the WNBA’s Aces, alongside the relocation of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

Despite the success of the Golden Knights and the Aces, the Raiders have faced challenges in establishing a strong fan base since their relocation to Las Vegas. The team has struggled with poor performance and off-field player incidents, leading to lukewarm local support. As a result, Allegiant Stadium, where the Raiders play, often sees more fans of visiting teams than the home team, and overall attendance is low compared to other NFL stadiums.

In addition to discussing the potential for MLS expansion, Beckham’s comments coincide with the recent approval of the MLB’s Oakland A’s request to relocate to Las Vegas. The city is already home to a professional soccer club, the Las Vegas Lights FC, although they currently play in the USL Championship league.

Beckham’s support for Las Vegas as a prime location for MLS expansion aligns with the sentiments expressed by MLS Commissioner Don Garber in 2021, further fueling rumors about the league’s potential interest in establishing a franchise in the city. The growing interest in Las Vegas as a sports destination reflects the city’s evolving reputation beyond its traditional focus on gambling and entertainment.