Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Inter Miami have secured permission from city commissioners to build a soccer-specific stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
The motion was unanimously approved on 9th July for the City of Fort Lauderdale to enter into a comprehensive agreement with David Beckham’s MLS project for the development of the Lockhart Stadium site.
Inter Miami, which will join the league in 2020, plans to invest up to US$60 million to construct a state-of-the-art, 18,000-seat stadium at the site of the now demolished Lockhart Stadium.
The venue will temporarily house the MLS franchise for two seasons while the club looks to construct a permanent stadium in Miami on a 73-acre site near Melreese golf course. Once Inter Miami move to their purpose built venue the Fort Lauderdale stadium will house an affiliate team in USL League One as well as the parent club’s training facility and academy programmes.
Construction at the Lockhart site will begin once the Federal Aviation Administration approves the process due to the site’s proximity to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, with ground breaking scheduled for mid-September, leaving just five months to finish construction in time for the start of the 2020 MLS season.
Meanwhile, Beckham himself has undertaken a project with his new Studio 99 content house and LeBron James’ Uninterrupted to co-produce a documentary series charting the launch of Inter Miami. The series will cover the journey, from conception to launch in spring 2020, of his expansion franchise.
Speaking to US media outlet Variety, Beckham said of the project: “It’s amazing to see what guys that I admire so much, like LeBron and Maverick, have achieved. It’s inspired me to see what’s possible in my world. It’s just very cool to be working with friends and meeting so many new people who are doing great things and want create exciting new projects with us.”
UK-based Studio 99 has been launched by Beckham, alongside long-term manager David Gardner, to develop documentaries, TV shows and other content formats, as well undertaking commercial work as a creative agency for brand partners. It already has a slate of projects in development with a broad focus beyond sports. According to Variety, the production house is in talks with global streaming platforms and media partners on new projects.
Studio 99, which will be represented by the WME agency, will also create and manage content for all of Beckham’s social-media channels.