Perhaps a contract will soon be signed for the construction of a new ground for the Miami club. The current venue does not live up to the ambitions of the franchise's board and its president, David Beckham.
Inter is currently playing its league matches at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale that seats only 18,000 spectators. However, this is only a temporary solution for the team until a modern facility is built. It looks like the chances are good as the club and the city of Miami are close to signing a deal to create a new 27,000-seat stadium. Both parties intend to put up a football facility with a large commercial space around it.
Since 2020, the side associated with Beckham has been competing in Major League Soccer. The former English footballer is one of the club's shareholders and the project's ambassador at home and abroad. Inter took only eleventh place in the Eastern Conference last season and did not qualify for the playoffs. The new season will kick off in February, and with the new campaign, Inter fans will be hoping for better results for their team. You can bet on MLS games as well as other sports on 10cric com.
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The construction of the new venue is a consequence of the Melreese Golf Course and Country Club redevelopment plan. The contract value is worth $1 billion. This is quite a lot considering it will only be a football-specific stadium. In addition, a shopping centre, hotel and park are to be created. All of this will cover an area of 73 acres.
In order for the aforementioned plans to become a reality, the project has to be approved by the City Commission during a special vote. The chances are high and the initiative has the backing of the Mayor of Miami.
What's more, Inter's majority shareholder, Jorge Mas, has assured in 2018 that the franchise would pick up the cost of the land, estimated at $35 million, and that the city of Miami would receive revenue from future operations.
It should be mentioned that the club's finances are in good condition not only as a result of good management, but also thanks to attracting a new investor. This is Ares Management, which put $150 million into the club last September.
There is little likelihood that the vote will go against Inter officials. If that happens, they may come back to the concept of building a stadium in Overtown. However, this is very unlikely to be a viable option. Earlier, the club had rejected this and several other locations, considering Freedom Park as the best choice.
Inter's Fort Lauderdale home will not be demolished, as it will be used further, but by the reserve team and as a training facility. Mas, his brother Jose Mas, David Beckham and others invested over $100 million to build “Drive Pink,” as it is often called the current facility of Inter.
Inter will have to play there for a while longer. The 2022 MLS regular season begins in South Florida when Inter Miami plays against Chicago Fire on February 26 at DRV PNK Stadium. Perhaps this time the team led by Gary Neville will do a little better and at least qualify for the playoffs.