Inter Miami CF, the MLS expansion club co-owned by David Beckham is proposing to build a training center and multi-purpose sport stadium on the site of historic Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Lockhart most recently served as home of the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a club co-owned by former Brazilian international Ronaldo. That club ceased operations in early 2017.
“The vast history of soccer in South Florida has deep roots in Fort Lauderdale dating back to the original Strikers of the 70’s and 80’s, the Miami Fusion of the 90’s and early 2000’s as well as the recent clubs that have called Lockhart Stadium their home,” said Paul McDonough, Inter Miami’s Sporting Director. “It is a privilege to be able to present a sustainable proposal that honors that history and revitalises the area. Our training facility will serve all of South Florida’s soccer community and provide amateur and professional athletes the opportunity to achieve their goals both on and off the field.”
A revitalised Lockhart Stadium site would serve as “the training grounds for Inter Miami’s MLS team and will serve as the home to both its youth academy and anticipated USL team. The training site will feature several regulation soccer fields and a training complex with state-of-the-art amenities”, a club release stated.