MLS expansion team Inter Miami announced on Thursday a proposal to build a new soccer stadium on the site of Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, for the team to play in for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Inter Miami owners Jorge Mas and David Beckham made the announcement at the stadium site. The proposal calls for an 18,000-seat stadium to be built on the site, which would eventually house the club’s training complex, USL team and academy after the MLS team moves to their eventual stadium in Miami, as well as park space for the general public. The estimated cost of the privately-funded project is $60 million.
Jorge Mas and David Beckham speaking to media at the Lockhart Stadium site Thursday. | MLS
“We’re going to build a new stadium there,” Mas said. “It’s not a refurbishment of Lockhart. It will be a new stadium for a USL team and a soccer-centric academy. We’ll be able to host tournaments and other games there.”
Michelle Kaufman reported in the Miami Herald that the proposal will be up for a vote to be approved by the Fort Lauderdale city council on Tuesday, March 19.
Lockhart Stadium opened in 1959 and has historically been a pro soccer venue in the region. Among the teams who played at the site was the Miami Fusion, from 1998-2001. The venue has not been used at all in recent years, however.