Despite still not yet having any concrete plans for its home stadium, David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF has announced details of a new training facility.
With the team scheduled to begin play in the MLS in just a year’s time, plans have been proposed to develop a training complex – for its team of players that have yet to be signed – on the site of Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“The training facilities will serve as the training grounds for Inter Miami’s MLS team and will serve as the home to both its youth academy and anticipated USL team. The training site will feature several regulation soccer fields and a training complex with state-of-the-art amenities,” said a spokesperson for Inter Miami CF.
Lockhart Stadium, a soccer venue that opened in 1959, was once home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Miami Fusion back in the 1970s and 1980s. The stadium is no longer in active use and is in need of renovation. However, Inter Miami’s plans to renovate and revitalize the stadium and the surrounding area could serve as an attractive option for the community.
“The vast history of soccer in South Florida has deep roots in Fort Lauderdale dating back to the original Strikers of the 1970s and 1980s, the Miami Fusion of the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as the recent clubs that have called Lockhart Stadium their home,” said Paul McDonough, Inter Miami’s sporting director. “It is a privilege to be able to present a sustainable proposal that honors that history and revitalizes the area. Our training facility will serve all of South Florida’s soccer community and provide amateur and professional athletes the opportunity to achieve their goals both on and off the field.”