Rival wants to beat David Beckham out of Lockhart with Topgolf, soccer and other attractions

A rival to soccer legend David Beckham laid out his vision for Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium on Friday, offering a lively remake with shops, restaurants, a Topgolf attraction, sports fields, a jogging pathway and a renovated soccer stadium with a new professional team.

FXE Futbol is hoping to take over the city’s defunct, 64-acre Lockhart Stadium property, resurrecting its rich soccer past. The group is competing against Miami Beckham United to win the city deal.

The empty acreage, north of Commercial Boulevard and west of Interstate 95, attracted thousands of sports fans over the years, to baseball, soccer and football games. For a while, it was slated for a major water park, a deal that collapsed last year.

But Lockhart Stadium and the adjacent Fort Lauderdale Stadium baseball field stand empty now. The Lockhart soccer field is overgrown with weeds and pocked by bare patches, looking as if a tumbleweed might come rolling by.

* New team: FXE Futbol would bring a United Soccer League Championship team, its name to be determined. League spokesman Ryan Madden said “we have no doubt that a USL club will do very well there.” A decision by USL about adding a team will be made after the league sees “which proposal the community prefers.” Miami Beckham United proposes a USL League One team, one rung lower.