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The Real “Field of Dreams” is a Must-See Attraction in Middle America
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The 1989 film “Field of Dreams” is defined by one quote that’s embedded in movie and baseball fans’ memories. I describe it so loosely because anyone who’s seen it knows what I’m talking about.

“If you build it, he will come.”

Farmer Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) hears the mysterious voice coming from his cornfield. We eventually find out who will come, but where are they going?

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I’ll let Terence Mann (played by James Earl Jones) explain:

“They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it.”

Specifically, they’ll be coming to a spot right outside of Dyersville, Iowa. It’s located at 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, Iowa. Dyersville is located near the easternmost part of the state, not too far from Dubuque, the Illinois border, and the Mississippi River.

In the movie, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Kinsella must turn the cornfield of his family farm into a baseball field after having a vision of iconic White Sox outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson.

In real life, the Field of Dreams movie site is a big tourist attraction mostly on the land of a farm formerly owned by the Lansing family. It isn’t just collecting dust these days, either. It commonly hosts youth baseball tournaments and games as well as events like concerts.

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Spend a Night in The Field of Dreams House

Yes, really.

According to the movie site’s official website, you can do more than just take a 30-minute tour of the home and the farm (which will run you $20 for adults and $12 for children).

Fans of the iconic movie can spend the night in the three-bedroom farm house to truly soak in the “Kinsella Experience.” Rates begin at $500 but vary depending on the night, but the views overlooking those cornfields are priceless. Just don’t run away if you hear voices when you walk outside.

The website also states anyone who rents the place out receives a gift basket including a bottle of wine, a DVD copy of “Field of Dreams” with popcorn to munch on and a book, “If You Build It,” by Dwier Brown, who plays John Kinsella.

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The famed site is playing host to a MLB game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox in 2021

The Field of Dreams Game

The little baseball diamond seen in the movie sits right next to the site of a full-fledged ballpark that MLB built.

The stadium for the regular-season game between the Yankees and White Sox holds 8,000 people. Fans will have to wait until the game airs on Fox to see, but the town of Dyersville is ready.

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“This is as big as it gets, especially in baseball, there’s no bigger platform than Major League Baseball. When you get someone of that…caliber shining the spotlight on your location, all you can do is tip your cap, smile and say, ‘Thank you very much,'” Roman Weinberg, director of operations for Go The Distance, the organization that owns and operates the movie site, told the Des Moines Register.

The ball field pays tribute to Old Comiskey Park, the White Sox’s home stadium until 1990. The main difference is beyond the outfield, particularly right field and left field, feature a rows cornstalks. The area behind center field is cleared for the bullpen.

What’s neat is that MLB built the stadium beyond the original corn of the movie site. Fans can even walk through the corn to get to the new shiny stadium.

New York and Chicago will look the part for the game, too. Both teams will don throwback jerseys to pay tribute to the game’s history.

The MLB’s Field of Dreams Game was supposed to take place last year, but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Maybe we’ll see the Boston Red Sox or Chicago Cubs play in the corn in the future. For now, it’s built, and they’re coming.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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