Inter Miami strikes deal to relocate youth golf program on site of proposed stadium

MLS expansion club Inter Miami CF has made another step toward building a new stadium on its preferred site at city-owned Melreese County Club.

Just a week after the club went forward with plans to buy a parcel of land in Overtown that could potentially host the team, it has struck a deal to move the First Tee golf youth program from Melreese County Club to Miami Lakes.

According to The Miami Herald, Inter Miami’s owners have agreed to pay $3 million for the relocation of the First Tee program. Last year, parents and kids associated with the program mounted a visible campaign against Inter Miami’s plans to redevelop Melreese into Miami Freedom Park which will host the club’s MLS team as well as other retail offerings.

Inter Miami CF will begin MLS play in 2020 at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium with hopes of moving its first team to Miami in 2022. After the proposed move, Lockhart would remain the training home of the club and house its reserve team.