MLS expansion team Inter Miami have revealed plans proposal to build a new temporary soccer stadium on the site of Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The team will use the 18,000 seat stadium for the 2020 and 2021 seasons before the site is given over for the club’s training complex, USLteam and academy after the MLSteam moves to their permanent stadium in Miami.
Inter Miami owners Jorge Mas and David Beckham made the announcement at the stadium site. The estimated cost of the privately-funded project is $60 million. Mas said:
We’re going to build a new stadium there. 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.
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.