David Beckham has wrecking ball ready for Lockhart Stadium

The David Beckham soccer era in Fort Lauderdale will begin soon, starting with the demolition of two sports stadiums that hosted decades of community memories.

The soccer legend won the unanimous go-ahead Tuesday night to tear down Lockhart Stadium and the adjacent Fort Lauderdale Stadium in the next six months.

The two stadiums have seen baseball home runs, soccer goals and football touchdowns dating back to the 1950s. Two professional soccer teams called Lockhart home, and two professional baseball teams honed their skills at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium during Spring Training. Local high schools fueled football rivalries at Lockhart for years.

In recent year, the stadiums fell into disrepair, overgrown and abandoned.

Beckham’s lawyer-lobbyist Stephanie Toothaker said the stadiums likely couldn’t be rehabilitated, and demolition will be costly, because they contain asbestos.

“Even if all we did was demolish, that’s actually a great benefit to the city of Fort Lauderdale,” Toothaker said.

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