Field of Dreams
When a farmer from Dyersville, Iowa (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying “If you build it, he will come,” he builds a baseball diamond on his land. Then, ghosts of legendary players start emerging from the cornfields to play ball, led by Shoeless Joe Jackson. As the movie concludes, cars begin arriving to the field. People are coming.
Based on the success of the 1989 Field of Dreams movie, baseball enthusiasts now can visit the movie site and play ball on their own. And in fact, MLB announced that the Chicago White Sox will host the New York Yankees in a regular-season game at the Field of Dreams site on August 13, 2020. The current field is too small for MLB specifications, so a surrounding cornfield will be cleared for a second field, an 8,000-seat venue.
Team of Dreams
Beginning in 2013, Each Labor Day weekend, you can experience the corn, the field, the ghosts and the charm of the movie site that has delighted thousands. The tradition continues with a 7-Inning celebrity softball game, autograph sessions with the players, and an appearance by the ghosts themselves.
In 2016, thousands of fans turned out for a concert, followed by a celebrity-MLB legends game starring Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Ted Simmons, Steve Carlton, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson, Robin Yount, Wade Boggs, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith, Fergie Jenkins, Rafeal Palmeiro, and Ivan Rodriguez.
Is this Heaven? No, It’s Iowa
Historically, two different families owned the field. The Lansing family owned the infield and right field land, and lived in the white farmhouse from the movie. The Ameskamps owned left and centerfield. Interestingly, each family held different hours to be open for tourists. At a certain hour, fans could only be on the part of the field owned by one family.
In 2007, the Lansings purchased the remainder of the field from the Ameskaps, and in 2012, Go the Distance Baseball purchased the entire 193 acre lot for $3.4 million. They then announced the building of All-Star Ballpark Heaven, a 24-field youth baseball and softball complex designed to draw even more fans.
The Field of Dreams remains a place of fertile soil, traditional values and simple pleasure. At the century-old Lansing family farm with its quaint and recognizable house, baseball still ranks as a favorite pastime for all ages. So come down and play for yourself. Admission is free during daylight hours.