Ft. Lauderdale commissioners hearing from two teams as they try to score the best deal for Lockhart Stadium. Commissioners hearing tonight from David Beckham's Inter Miami CF which wants to tear down the decaying Lockhart Stadium and built a new one to serve as his team's temporary home until construction of Miami Freedom Park is completed in 2021. Miami-based FXE Futbol will also present its plan to renovate Lockhart, creating a sports entertainment complex. Ft. Lauderdale Vice Mayor Ben Sorensen says the first thing he's thinking about is residents because this is public land that should be put to public use. Both groups are committed to privately funding the projects which are expected to cost at least 60-million.
Marlins Park, Hard Rock Stadium and Florida International University had been considered as temporary venues, but Inter Miami officials opted for Lockhart. The stadium, which opened in 1959, was once home to another MLS team-the now defunct Miami Fusion from 1998 to 2001. It was also the longtime home of the North American Soccer League's Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and Florida Atlantic's football team.