Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami CF could soon break ground on the site of the club’s new home after a key approval from lawmakers. 

City commissioners approved a zoning plan by a 4-1 vote, setting the stage for development of Miami Freedom Park by transforming land next to Miami International Airport into a stadium complex with a hotel, shops and restaurants. 

Former England and Manchester United star David Beckham and billionaire co-owner Jorge Mas will pay for construction and land work on the site.

Inter Miami currently plays in nearby Fort Lauderdale but would be the major tenant in a $1 billion stadium project including a 25,000-seat stadium, offices and a public park.

Miami Freedom Park would incorporate one of the City’s largest public parks, a world-class stadium for Major League Soccer’s newest team, Inter Miami CF, and a tech hub, among other components.

The terms of a draft lease agreement for the site include:

  • 99-year lease with annual rent payments of no less than $3.5 million (based on a third-party fair-market-value appraisal)
  • The creation of a 58-acre public park and 11 soccer fields
  • Payment of the full cost of remediation of the property to permit for public use of the park
  • The construction of Inter Miami CF’s home stadium, entertainment and retail space, office tech hub and hotel at no cost to City taxpayers
  • Living-wage salary for employees
  • A commitment to complete creation of the public park at the same time or prior to completing construction of the stadium

Miami Freedom Park and Inter Miami CF will bring many opportunities for children in the community to enjoy the sport of soccer at both the recreational and professional levels. Inter Miami CF has collaborated with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to bring free soccer programming to Miami, including soccer clinics, mini-pitch facilities and more opportunities to engage with the Club.

Image courtesy of inter Miami CF.