Major League Baseball has scheduled a special-event game for August 2020 at a temporary ballpark to be built in Dyersville, Iowa, filming site of the famed 1989 baseball movie Field of Dreams.
The Aug. 13, 2020, game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees furthers MLB’s ongoing efforts to stage special-event games in non-traditional domestic locales. The league later this month will also hold a third-annual game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Little League World Series, with a fourth already set for next August between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. It also staged a game in June in Omaha, Nebraska, site of the College World Series, and in 2016 played at the US Army installation at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The domestic special-event games are in addition to an accelerating international play plan between the league and MLB Players Association that was highlighted this year by two games in June in London between the Yankees and Red Sox.
The Iowa game, carrying a presenting sponsorship from insurance giant Geico and considered a White Sox home game, will mark the first-ever MLB game in that state and will use one of the more iconic locales in baseball cinema. Since the 1989 release of Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner, the farm site has been a popular tourist destination, even amid various legal disputes occurring over the years regarding ownership of the property. The site is currently owned by an investor group called Go The Distance Baseball, with that name inspired by one of the lines in the movie.
More recently, the league and National Baseball Hall of Fame used the farm site in 2016 for a kickoff event for a now-shuttered traveling exhibition.
MLB will begin construction later this month on a 8,000-seat temporary ballpark that will have a design seeking in part to pay home to Comiskey Park in Chicago, the White Sox’ home stadium from 1910-90. The right field wall will include windows showing cornfields growing beyond the ballpark. The field itself will be built adjacent to the primary filming site, with a pathway through the cornfield to be established between the two.
“It seems very fitting that 30 years after the film’s debut, MLB will build a ballfield in an Iowa cornfield where we will come to play a game so that baseball fans can create their own memories to be cherished for decades,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox owner and chairman.
Ticket availability will be very limited given the small confines of the planned seating and the expected heavy fan interest in the event. Information regarding tickets will be announced at a later date.