Fort Lauderdale’s classic Lockhart Stadium has begun to be demolished yesterday.
Once home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers the now defunct team once attracted stars of world of football.
George Best, Gordon Banks, Brian Kidd and Gerd Muller are amongst the greats of the game that played there.
George Best (Pictured Above)
Lesser known and talented English players also made their way stateside in the 1970’s to make a living and a name for themselves.
Former Newcastle and Fort Lauderdale midfielder Ray Hudson was one of them and speaking at the demolition ceremony he said;
“This was home,”
Now Lockhart is in squalor, surrounded by a tall chain-link fence and by piles of metal and concrete rubble. Where the field once was stand chest-high weeds.
“It’s good to see it pulled down,” Hudson said. “This is a celebration of the rebirth.”
Hudson coached the MLS’ old Miami Fusion at Lockhart in 2000-01, but ruled out any thought of coaching Inter Miami.
“It would take Ben Hur’s chariot to drag me back in,” (www.www.miamiherald.com)
A consortium led by England legend David Beckham is now behind the huge project of turning the adjacent Fort Lauderdale Stadium from rubble and dust into something new.
And like the Phoenix who arose from the ashes a brand new stadium will breed life into the area and generate excitement for the next aspiring soccer players of the local area.