The long wait to watch the David Beckham franchise in Miami MLS franchise the promised brilliance has struck another unfortunate force: the ground where the rhythmic new stadium of Inter Miami is to be built is literally poisoned.
New report published for the first time by Miami Herald states that the Inter Miami Golf Course plans to build a new stadium containing dangerous levels of arsenic, barium and lead in the soil. According to the Herald environmental consultancy hired by the franchise to test the soil of the site, found that underground contamination was widespread and in places up to twice the allowable amount of arsenic. The report also finds various debris in the soil of the site, which is covered with burning ash, which was closed years ago. It looks pretty bad!
The city of Miami is calling for another round of tests that also need to be paid for by the team, but as it is now, the golf course is dangerous for Inter Miami plans. This jeopardizes the future of the stadium; Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says the cleanup of the site could cost more than $ 50 million before construction begins. Prior to Monday's findings, the club expected to spend about $ 35 million to clean up the site for the proposed "$ 1 billion shopping and stadium complex".
Inter Miami had no shortage of problems trying to find a place for a stadium. Previously, the team examined PortMiami, Museum Park, Little Havana and Overtown, all with little success. It was not until November last year that a public referendum approved the use of the Melrise Country Club Golf Course as a venue for the complex.
Meanwhile, Inter Miami will play its home games in its inaugural season next year at the site of the old Lockhart Stadium in Fort. Lauderdale, the former beginning of the now-defunct Miami Fusion. The old stadium was demolished earlier this year, with plans to build a new, smaller stadium already underway. This smaller stadium will serve as a training ground for Inter Miami as well as a home ground for the club until the new stadium is built.
Despite the franchise's initial plans for a luxury stadium being fought in downtown Miami, Lockhart Stadium's remote site is about 45 minutes from Miami. Not exactly what you were hoping for, but sitting in the awful South Florida traffic of watching some swampy MLS action is probably better than a comfortable arsenic poisoning trip.
[ Miami Herald ]