Field of Dreams is Getting an 80 Million Dollar Expansion
If you build it, he will come, and the controlling owners of Iowa's Field of Dreams site are hoping just that.
There will be an 80 million dollar expansion project going forward with Iowa's favorite baseball field. KCRG reports the area will be expanded into a destination for youth baseball, softball, fans, and tourists.
"9 baseball and softball fields, dormitories for teams, and a hotel" are all set to be added and completed by the end of 2023 KCRG reports. These are just the additions involving the athletes and their fans.
Also in the developmental phase to be added to the site, "a 100,000 square-foot fieldhouse, a concert amphitheater, an RV park, a disability-inclusive park with a disability, and trails through the cornfields." These will develop through 2025 according to KCRG.
Hall of Fame baseball player Frank Thomas, Chicago entrepreneur Rick Heidner, and former MLB executive Dan Evans, were all involved with the purchase as well as the announcement of the expansion project today.
“I am grateful for all that the game of baseball gave me throughout my career, and now I am proud and excited to lead a team that is building opportunities for players, fans, and families to enjoy our national pastime and for teams to train and compete,” Thomas, CEO of Go the Distance Baseball, told KCRG.
This project is also destined to help Iowa's economy. It will end up creating hundreds of construction jobs as well as an additional 170 full-time jobs once completed.
While this may be exciting news for some, not all Iowans are exactly happy about this. Some Iowans on Facebook have mentioned this takes away from the unique appeal of the site and have argued the simplicity of a baseball field, in the middle of a cornfield, is what makes it so special.
This year in Dyersville, the Chicago Cubs will play against the division rival Cincinnati Reds on August 11.