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Miami Freedom Park – Ground Lease and MDA

Miami, Fla. (June 6, 2019) –

Miami Freedom Park, LLC Submits Draft Agreements to City of Miami, Furthering City of Miami Voter Mandate

Miami Freedom Park, LLC submitted a draft lease agreement on June 4 to the City of Miami for its planned destination, incorporating one of the City’s largest public parks, a world-class stadium for Major League Soccer’s newest team Inter Miami CF and a tech hub, among other components.

Miami Freedom Park also launched a new website in conjunction with the submission of the agreement, where all residents of Miami can view the full draft lease agreement, community benefits agreement and other documents by visiting Miami Freedom Park’s website. The site contains a wealth of information about the project with the goal of completely transparency.

The submission of the draft lease and community benefits agreement is a significant milestone that advances the mandate of City of Miami voters, who approved a November 2018 referendum item by a 60% margin allowing the City to lease its land for the project.

“We look forward to working with the City of Miami to finalize the voter-approved, fair-market-value lease agreement that provides residents with an expansive public park, 11,000 construction jobs, 2,300 permanent jobs and more than $40 million in tax revenue, while using zero City taxpayer dollars,” said Jorge Mas, managing owner of Inter Miami CF. “We invite residents to visit our website to learn more and share their input.”

The terms of the draft lease agreement mirror commitments made by Miami Freedom Park to the community and include the following main points:

  1. A lease agreement with two options exerciseable by the club that can total 99-years with annual rent payments of no less than $3.5 million (based on a third-party fair-market-value appraisal);
  2. The creation of a 58-acre public park to be named ‘Miami Freedom Park’ and 11 soccer fields for use by the public;
  3. Payment of the full cost of environmental remediation of the property to permit public use of the park;
  4. The construction of Inter Miami CF’s home stadium, entertainment and retail space, office tech hub and hotel at no cost to City taxpayers;
  5. Living-wage salary for employees;
  6. A commitment to complete creation of the public park at the same time or prior to completing construction of the stadium.

In conjunction with the lease agreement, Miami Freedom Park has also delivered to the City of Miami a Community Benefits Agreement, honouring its vow to gift $5 million for the City’s Riverwalk/Baywalk project, $20 million for park maintenance and free access to the soccer fields at Miami Freedom Park for City of Miami youth. The owners of Inter Miami CF and Miami Freedom Park have also honoured their commitment to finalise an agreement with the First Tee program, ensuring the organisation will continue to serve children at a new location and be able to grow its impact.

Over the past several months, Miami Freedom Park representatives have gone door to door in the Grapeland Heights community, where the project will be built. The representatives have also held neighborhood meetings giving residents an opportunity to learn about the project and provide feedback.

Miami Freedom Park and Inter Miami CF will bring many opportunities for children in the community to enjoy the sport of soccer at both the recreational and professional levels. Inter Miami CF has collaborated with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to bring free soccer programming to Miami, including soccer clinics, mini-pitch facilities and more opportunities to engage with the Club.

Aside from the community opportunities, Inter Miami CF has built its inaugural youth Academy set to begin play under the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in September for the 2019-20 season. The Club has committed to building an Academy formed solely of South Florida youth players, who have the potential to make it on the professional stage.

To learn more about plans for Miami Freedom Park, please visit

MFP Ground Lease and Master Development Agreement

By Ken Russo

My work in the business of soccer applies skills acquired in law practice with a focus on the sport's commercial, communications and sporting components. Russo Soccer aims to inform, educate and engage in dialogue on news and relevant issues in the game.

Um advogado por formação, concentro meu trabalho nos negócios, comunicações e operações de equipes no futebol mundial. | Abogado con fundación avanzada en comunicaciones, enfocado en los negocios del fútbol y las comunicaciones. | Je suis un avocat experimenté dans les affaires de football.

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