It was recently announced the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox will play a game in Dyersville, Iowa, next to the original “Field of Dreams” where the movie was filmed in 1989.
That original filming location still serves as a tourist spot with tours of the field and house available but for this singular game to kick off a three-game set between the teams, there will be an 8,000-seat venue created beyond the centerfield fence of the original field.
Attendees will be able to travel through the cornfield from the original set and the new ballfield will appear in front of them with seats set for the first and third baselines and left field only. The walls in right field will also have windows to allow the vision of the cornfield to remain intact.
The game is set for Aug. 13, 2020, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release.
The Yankees and White Sox will have a day off the following day to travel back to Chicago to finish out the three-game series so it’s another special game the Yankees are involved in where they surrender no home games on their end (both games of the London Series earlier this year counted against two home games for the Red Sox).
I did bring up a point in the column I wrote about that London Series that if MLB is looking to expand its brand it should do it from within its own country first before expanding outward but this development checks that box and will serve as the first regular-season game in the Hawkeye State.
Although there was an exhibition game played between the White Sox and Cubs at Fort Dodge in 1942, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reported, this one will count toward the regular-season standings.
I am personally pretty excited to see it all come together and create an unforgettable experience for all of those in attendance, although hopefully there won’t be that long, snaking line of cars getting in and out of the facilities the way the movie ended.
Clearly, they’re working to bring people closer to the game and create more intimate experiences with fans and players are sharing the same space as opposed to the 30,000-seat capacity stadiums that keep fans barricaded and away from the field.
MLB similarly did that with the Little League Classic where BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field was erected last year in Williamsport, Penn. where a 2,366-seat venue allowed a finite number of Little League World Series participants and their families inside. This year, the Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates square off in the little league-inspired smaller park.
Those are the kinds of things MLB should be focusing their efforts on and I’m glad to see them coming to fruition now as opposed to later on.
All of my favorite movies are sports-related and “Field of Dreams” is certainly up there in the baseball rankings for me so I am really intrigued to see how the experience will turn out for those fortunate enough to attend that night and hope the opportunity arises for me to get blown in that direction and see for myself what all the fuss is about.
Ever since watching the movie I’ve thought about what it would be like to play under bright lights in front of nothing but corn with figments of my imagination and am quite jealous of the 50 or so men who get to go live that.
Of course, playing in MLB every day alone was my dream for the longest time, but this would have been extra cool for sure.
There will be corn, they will come (once it’s built) and regular-season MLB action will take place in Iowa, how much more American can you get?