In other times, Inter Miami would have made its home debut on Saturday.
Six years in the waiting, the new MLS team was scheduled to face LA Galaxy at the stadium hastily built in Fort
Lauderdale. Just last week, it announced it had sold out of season tickets for the 2020 season.
There were storylines on and off the field.
A South Florida battle of Mexican
stars, Inter Miami's Rodolfo Pizarro
and the Galaxy's Javier Hernandez
The first game for Inter Miami founder David Beckham
against the MLS club for which he spent
six seasons and won two titles.
On Thursday morning, all MLS games were postponed and team operations shut down for the weekend in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Beckham and his wife, Victoria
, posted messages on Instagram with photos taken in an empty 20,000-seat stadium.
“It’s times like these when we are reminded of
the things that are truly important in life,” Beckham said. “Our health. Our loved ones and looking after those that need support in our communities. In these moments, sports take a back
seat. We must all listen to expert advice and do the right thing. Stay safe and look out for yourselves and your families.”