While their main stadium is expected to move forward, the newly-forming MLS franchise are also proposing to demolish one of American soccer's most known stadia, Lockhart in Fort Lauderdale.
Inter Miami announced on Monday a proposal for a new training complex and stadium in Fort Lauderdale at the site of Lockhart Stadium. It would include a main stadium (not within Lockhart blueprint, see comparison between now and preliminary plan below) with extensive infrastructure and 10 fields around it.
With 18,000 capacity, the new stadium would be a worthy and more modern replacement for Lockhart Stadium. It would also be modular, which means it could serve both international-level football and other events.
The total of 11 fields are designed to accmmodate a regular training academy for 120 youth players aged between 12 and 19. Their stay is to be fully funded and local youth would likely be prioritised, according to documents submitted to local authorities of Fort Lauderdale. Also, up to 80 employees would be working on site, including 30 adult players of Inter Miami CF.
Inter Miami’s proposal aligns with City of Fort Lauderdale’s desire to reactivate the former Lockhart Stadium site with a multi-use sports facility that would include a public park, public soccer fields and other community amenities.
Keep in mind, the 18,000-seater is not a 'plan b' in case the Miami Freedom Park stadium fails. It's in fact a second stadium for Inter, developed independently. Because there is no design at this stage (master plan being worked on by Arquitectonica), it's unlikely that the Fort Lauderdale stadium could be delivered before the Miami one. Until Inter has a proper home, their most likely venue for MLS fixtures could be Marlins Park.