David Beckham’s Inter Miami has been given the green light from Fort Lauderdale city commissioners to move forward with plans to redevelop the abandoned Lockhart Stadium into an 18,000-seater venue.
The MLS expansion team plans to play its first two seasons at Lockhart –in 2020 and 2021 – before moving full time to Miami, assuming its plans for the Miami Freedom Park complex near Miami International Airport are approved by local commissioners.
After a vote to rank Beckham’s Inter Miami proposal – a multi-million dollar private investment – higher than that of rival FXE Futbol, the commission voted to allow negotiations for use of the property to begin. A final vote on this matter is expected later in the year.
If Inter Miami moves to Miami Freedom Park – though this is far from confirmed – the club plans to house an affiliate USL League One team at Lockhart while the first team will also train at the facility. It will also be home to the youth academy, soccer clinics and Inter Miami’s administrative offices.
Inter Miami had previously explored the possibility of making Marlins Park and Hard Rock Stadium its temporary home.