Inter Miami stadium: capacity, photos and how much it cost?

David Beckham builds luxury stadium for Inter Miami

David Beckham
David Beckham

David Beckham’s nascent Major League Soccer club have unveiled plans for their new $966m stadium ahead of their entrance to the league for the 2020 season. Inter Miami have shared artist’s renditions of the sprawling commercial and stadium complex which they expect to be completed by 2022, including such glitzy flourishes as a rooftop bar and palm trees on the roof.

In the meantime Inter Miami will played in Lockhart is where the MLS’ Miami Fusion played from 1998-2001, eventually folding because of poor attendance. The delay's due in large part to an analysis first reported by the Miami Herald that found arsenic contamination reaching more than twice the legal limit and hazardous debris in surface-level soil samples at the Melreese golf course, where people have played for more than 50 years.

The environmental firm EE&G, hired by Inter Miami, took more than 140 soil samples in recent months. Apart from the arsenic, it found barium and lead levels above legal limits. “Organized chaos,” Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said this week as he took a look around the site of the now-demolished Lockhart Stadium where work on the new complex is happening 12 hours a day, seven days a week. “But we’ll be ready.”

At any given time, there are about 225 workers on the job site – the whereabouts of all of them tracked with an app that gets data from a chip attached to the back of their hard hats. If there’s lightning in the area, work gets halted for 30 minutes until the cell passes.

“The way it was built out, we’re thinking of the athlete first from the minute they walk in,” said Jacklyne Ramos, the team’s vice president of communications as she stood inside what will be the building containing the locker room and other key spaces for the team. “The main stadium, that’s for the games. Where we are now, this is where they’ll live.”

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