Inter Miami CF has finally secured the right to build a soccer-specific stadium in Fort Lauderdale after city commissioners unanimously approved a motion to enter into a comprehensive agreement with the club on Tuesday evening.
David Beckham’s Major League Soccer expansion team, which will join the league in 2020, plans to invest up to $60m (€53m) to construct a state-of-the-art, 18,000-seat stadium at the site of Lockhart Stadium, which has now been demolished.
The venue will temporarily house Inter Miami for two seasons while the club looks to construct a permanent facility in the city of Miami, on a 73-acre site near Melreese golf course. Beyond that, it will house an affiliate team in USL League One and club’s academy programs, as well as a training facility for the MLS side.
Construction at the Lockhart site will begin once the Federal Aviation Administration approves the process due to the lot’s proximity to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. A start date of mid-September is planned, leaving just five months to finish construction in time for the start of the 2020 MLS season.
Inter Miami CF has hired Elevate Sports Ventures to help its premium, season and individual ticket sales strategy.