Inter Miami CF-City deal on Freedom Park



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Inter Miami stadium update January 2022 Image: Inter Miami FC

The Major League Soccer (MLS) team Inter Miami CF (US) has finally struck a deal with the City of Miami to build its new soccer stadium and develop Freedom Park.

The ‘CBS Miami’ stated that sources close to the deal say that the stadium negotiations are done and have been approved by the Mayor of Miami, Francis X. Suarez.

Now, the City Commission must sign off on the deal during an upcoming vote.

The Inter Miami CF or simply Inter Miami is an American professional soccer club based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (US). Founded in 2018, the club began play in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the 2020 season at the DRV PNK Stadium, the site of the former Lockhart Stadium.

The DRV PNK Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Built on the site of the former Lockhart Stadium, the 18,000-seat stadium is the home pitch of Inter Miami CF of Major League Soccer (MLS) and its USL League One reserve side Fort Lauderdale CF.

The Miami Freedom Park is a proposed 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium, retail shops, hotels, restaurants, and a training center to be built in Miami, Florida (US) for the Inter Miami CF.

The ‘CBS Miami’ further stated that the Inter Miami owner former soccer star David Beckham and his partners, including Jorge Mas (Managing Owner of Inter Miami CF) will have another shot at convincing Miami Commissioners to approve the development of Miami Freedom Park.

Back in July of 2018, Mas revealed that the team would pick up the clean-up costs for the land which is currently occupied by the Melreese Golf Course and Country Club. He estimated that it would cost $35 million.

In another concession, Mas also said the City would receive a percentage of the revenue from operations.

In addition to a 25,000-seat soccer stadium, the project also included an office park, hotel and retail complex spread out over 73 acres.

At the time, Mas said if the Commission votes ‘No’, he would again look to build the stadium in Overtown, a site he’s rejected before.

The Miami Commission is scheduled to take up the issue.

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