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Competition arises for Beckham’s proposed MLS training site

Last week, Inter Miami CF, the MLS expansion club co-owned by David Beckham proposed turning Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium into a training site and youth academy. Now the stadium, which was the former home of the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers and MLS’ Miami Fusion, has a new suitor.

FXE Futbol, a licensed USL franchise which includes event production company Onside Entertainment, has proposed a $100m (€88m) renovation for the complex which includes a Top Golf facility and a new USL Championship club, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.  The mixed use plan was presented to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission on Tuesday along with the Beckham group’s plan. The commissioners have 21 days to accept one of the plans or reject them.

The stadium sits on a  64-acre facility with a vacant soccer stadium last used by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2016. An alternate proposal to turn the land into park space has been discussed as well.