NEW YORK CITY (via MLB / Anthony Castrovince)– Twenty years ago they built it. Now, they are coming.
The New York Yankees will be playing the Chicago White Sox next season in the Dyersville Farm baseball field made popular in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams.
“Field of Dreams” will become a big-league reality on Aug. 13, 2020, when the beloved 1989 baseball movie will spring to life in the Iowa cornfields. As announced Thursday, the White Sox and Yankees will stage the first-ever Major League game in the Hawkeye State, in a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark constructed in the corn on the Dyersville farm site where the classic film was shot, Major League Baseball said.
“As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular season game to the site of Field of Dreams,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa.”
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) August 8, 2019
If the Yankees can continue winning and don’t add more players to their two-tiered disabled list, perhaps they will be playing the game as defending World Series Champions.
MLB said in a statement today:
A project of this nature for a single MLB game is not without precedent. In 2016, a 12,500-seat facility was built on an unused golf course on the grounds of Fort Bragg for a game between the Marlins and Braves that celebrated the military. But the Dyersville facility will not be the smallest-capacity stadium to house an MLB game. That honor belongs to BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, home of the Little League Classic, which has a capacity of 2,366 and will host the 2019 Little League Classic between the Cubs and Pirates on Sunday, Aug. 18.
The design of the ballpark in Dyersville, including the shape of the outfield and the bullpens beyond the center-field fence, will pay homage to Comiskey Park, which was home of the White Sox from 1910-90. The right-field wall will include windows to show the cornfields beyond the ballpark, which will overlook the movie set.