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Lockhart Stadium is a stadium used mostly for soccer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. It was the home of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of North American Soccer League. It has seen use in a variety of sports, particularly soccer and American football.

Lockhart Stadium
Address1350 Northwest 55th Street[1]
LocationFort Lauderdale, Florida
Coordinates26°11′35″N 80°9′40″W / 26.19306°N 80.16111°W / 26.19306; -80.16111Coordinates: 26°11′35″N 80°9′40″W / 26.19306°N 80.16111°W / 26.19306; -80.16111
OwnerCity of Fort Lauderdale
Construction cost$5 million USD renovation in 1998
Renovations: ($7.69 million in 2018 dollars[2])
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) (1977–1983)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (ASL/APSL) (1988–1994)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (USISL) (1994–1997)
Miami Fusion (MLS) (1998–2001)
Florida Atlantic Owls (NCAA) (2003–2010)
Miami FC (USL-1) (2009–2010)
Fort Lauderdale Barracudas (SFL) (2011)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) (2011–2016)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers U-23 (NPSL) (2016)

Originally designed in 1959 for high school sports, the stadium's long-standing soccer connection began in 1977 when it became the home venue for the original Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the original NASL. In 1998 it was refitted specifically for soccer as the home of the Miami Fusion in Major League Soccer; the team folded in 2002. It was also the home stadium of the Florida Atlantic Owls football team from 2002 to 2010.



The stadium was built in 1959 as part of a new sports complex that also included the Fort Lauderdale Stadium baseball park. It was originally designed to host American football and track and field competitions for four local high schools: Fort Lauderdale High School, Stranahan High School, Northeast High School, and Dillard High School. The stadium was named for former city commissioner H. Y. "Doug" Lockhart and was dedicated at a football game on September 18, 1959.[3]

For nearly twenty years, Lockhart Stadium was primarily used for high school football and track, but occasionally saw use for state football as well as soccer. A more substantial role as a soccer venue came in 1977, when the Miami Toros of the original North American Soccer League relocated to the stadium, renaming themselves the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. This began Lockhart's long association with the sport. The Strikers played there until 1982, when they moved to Minnesota.[3] On November 23, 1980, the United States men's national soccer team defeated Mexico 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Lockhart, the first U.S. win over Mexico in over 46 years.

After the departure of the Strikers, the stadium largely returned to its original use for high school sports for several years. The stadium would, however, play host to Miami Dolphins scrimmages during training camps in the late 1990s.[4][5]

In 1998, the stadium was renovated for use by the Miami Fusion F.C. of Major League Soccer (MLS). The renovation increased capacity to 20,000 and redesigned the field expressly for soccer. This was an unusual move at the time, as all other MLS teams played in football stadiums, and started the league's eventual trend toward soccer-specific stadiums.[3][6]

The stadium continued to host high-profile soccer games through this period, including D.C. United's 1998 victory over Vasco da Gama in the Interamerican Cup. However, the Fusion were contracted by the league in 2002.[3] In 2003 Lockhart was refitted once again for use by the Florida Atlantic University Owls college football team.[7] In 2011, the Owls began playing at the on-campus FAU Stadium in Boca Raton.

Billy Graham's final South Florida crusade took place at the Lockhart Stadium in 1985. The stadium was host to the 2007 Caribbean Carnival for Broward County, after Miramar turned their request down.[8] The stadium also hosted the 2008 and 2009 MLS combines.

In 2009, Miami FC moved to Lockhart Stadium from Miami. They changed their name to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2011.[9]

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced in 2016 that are moving from Lockhart Stadium to a stadium at Central Broward Regional Park.[10] A $70-million Schlitterbahn Water Park proposed for the 64 acres taken up Lockhart Stadium is tied up in court being challenged by the owners of Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach. On January 28, 2019, Inter Miami CF presented a proposal to the City of Fort Lauderdale for the design, construction and maintenance of a state-of the-art soccer training facility, a multi-purpose sport stadium and a sport centric community destination in the former Lockhart Stadium site.[11]

International Women’s Soccer MatchesEdit

Date Competition Team Res Team Crowd
6 Feb 2000 International Friendly   United States 2-3   Norway 12,031


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2016-11-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Thuma, Cynthia (2007). Sport Lauderdale. The History Press. p. 11. ISBN 1596291451. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Dolphins Training Camp". tribunedigital-sunsentinel. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  5. ^ "Dolphins Look Sloppy And Lose Scrimmage". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  6. ^ Sun Sentinel, Fusion's Lockhart Stadium stint paved way for new MLS venues, Oct. 8, 2012,
  7. ^ Thuma, Cynthia (2007). Sport Lauderdale. The History Press. p. Thuma, p. 12. ISBN 1596291451. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  8. ^,0,7738165.story?coll=sofla_tab01_layout[dead link]
  9. ^ Elfrink, Tim (September 1, 2015). "Aaron Davidson's Stunning Soccer Bribery Case Could Clean Up FIFA's Corruption". Miami New Times.
  10. ^ Heizer, Larry Barszewski, Pedro. "Strikers leaving longtime home at Lockhart". Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  11. ^ MLS Communications (January 28, 2019). "Inter Miami Presents Proposal to Revitalize Historic Lockhart Stadium Site". MLS Soccer. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

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Preceded by
Tropical Park Stadium
Home of Fort Lauderdale Strikers
Succeeded by
Central Broward Regional Park
Preceded by
first stadium
Home of Miami Fusion F.C.
Succeeded by
last stadium
Preceded by
Stanford Stadium
Host of the College Cup
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