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Inter Miami stadium: Miami Freedom Park project approved in city commission vote

Chris Smith
Inter Miami are one step closer to a permanent home.
Inter Miami are one step closer to a permanent home. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Inter Miami CF took a giant leap toward their new stadium on Thursday when the Miami City Commission approved a 99-year lease agreement to the club's owners for the Miami Freedom Park project.

The plan - which will be privately funded and passed with a 4-1 vote - includes a 25,000 capacity stadium for Inter Miami, who currently play their home games at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale - which is outside the city and an almost 34-mile drive away from the proposed site of their new home.

The site will also include hotel rooms, office space, community fields, and a park with over 58 acres publicly accessible land. The Freedom Park site is currently home to the Melreese golf course.

"[It’s] an amazing day for the voters of our city, for the fans of football in Inter Miami and I want to sincerely thank the Commissioner, the Mayor and everyone who was involved in this process," said Inter Miami CEO and Managing Owner, Jorge Mas in a press conference after the approval was confirmed. "I always knew that this would happen, because I believe in our city and I believe in dreaming and today a dream commences."

There are still further hurdles for Inter Miami to jump but with the lease agreed, supporters can now start to dream of a permanent home in the not-to-distant future.

“It ensures the future of Inter Miami and MLS in Miami hopefully forever," said Mas. "That’s the significance of this.”

Inter Miami have made a bump start to life in Major League Soccer, barely scraping into the Playoffs in 2020 before missing out entirely last year. The Herons also broke MLS roster and spending rules with the signing of Blaise Matuidi, leading them to now be working under financial restrictions.

Following a five-game winless run to start the current season, head coach Phil Neville has guided Inter Miami to four consecutive victories across all competitions for the first time in club history.

After beating Atlanta United 2-1 on Sunday, the Herons travel to the New England Revolution this Saturday.

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