The FAA's position has stunned the city, the school system and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer team. High school sports teams have played at 20,000-seat Lockhart Stadium for more than 50 years, and it is now home to Fort Lauderdale High and Stranahan High's football teams.Read the online article that came out last night HERE
"We will try to do everything possible to make sure these teams can stay," Mayor Jack Seiler said.
According to Saturday's article the lease expires June 30 which would mean that if this holds up the last game played at Lockhart Stadium would be the make up game on Wednesday, June 29th against the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The question remains: Where would the Strikers play? Perhaps the Cricket Stadium in Lauderhill (capacity 5,000) or maybe even FIU stadium in Miami (capacity 23,500). Outside options are Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah (capacity 5,221), Tropical Park in Miami (capacity 10,000) or FAU Stadium in Boca Raton which should be open this fall, however, there is a soccer field being used by the WPS side magicJack at that location which could also be adapted for the Strikers.
A meeting was to take place yesterday between the FAA, BCAA and the Strikers, but no word on the developments, if any, have surfaced.
As Strikers Fans we hope these issues get ironed out.
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By Train-wreck Kaly
We need to meet to draft a petition to save Lockhart. Our lease runs out on June 30th, ONE DAY AFTER THE TAMPA MAKE UP GAME! If we lose the lease, Our season MAY end up in Jeopardy. With the lease cominng to an end, There is a LOT at stake. The Strikers, Ft Lauderdale High, and Stranahan HS will be looking for a new field. We have less than a month to take action, so time is of the essence. I need any input to get this done and assembled in the shortest time we could have ever imagined. After the meeting and the petition is written, we can go next door to catch some Gold Cup action. BE THERE PEOPLE!
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