Inter Miami wins round before Fort Lauderdale city commissioners

Inter Miami moved a step closer to finding a home for its MLS launch in 2020 when the Fort Lauderdale city commissioners agreed to begin negotiations over its plan to build a stadium and soccer complex at run-down Lockhart Stadium, which will be demolished.

The group led by David Beckham and Jorge and Jose Mas received five No. 1 rankings, ahead of a competing group, FXE Futbol, which could challenge the decision.

The plan is for Inter Miami to build a new 18,000-seat stadium with private funding and play there in 2020 and 2021. It hopes to move into a stadium in Miami in 2022.

It won voter approval last November for a plan to turn a municipal golf course near Miami International Airport, Melreese golf course, into Miami Freedom Park -- a $1 billion development with a 25,000-seat stadium.

But that approval only gave Miami city commissioners permission to negotiate a lease of the land for the 73-acre redevelopment. As of now, Inter Miami might not have the votes on the city commission to reach a lease agreement on the stadium project.

In late January, the MLS team announced it hoped to bring Lockhart Stadium back to life as the training site for its first team and home for a USL second team and eight academy teams.

Inter Miami is on a tight schedule. With its MLS launch less than a year away, it hopes to begin work at the Lockhart Stadium this summer.

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