“If you build it, he will come.” That’s what the voice in the cornfield said to Ray Kinsella in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. Ray built the baseball diamond on his Iowa farm and (SPOILER ALERT!) the ghost of his father did show up. Thirty years later, Major League Baseball is building another ballpark among the corn stalks so that the Yankees and White Sox will come.
The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox have announced that they’ll play a game at the now-iconic farm in Dyersville, Iowa on August 13, 2020. This will be the first MLB game to ever be played on the site of the beloved film.
Construction on a temporary, 8,000-seat ballpark begins Tuesday (8/13), exactly one year before the first pitch will be thrown. You can see a rendering in this video clip:
With only 8,000 seats, tickets for this game will be almost impossible to get. I’m guessing it will be more of a VIP event. Surely, some of those VIPs will be Field of Dreams cast members, like Kevin Costner and Amy Madigan. And how great would it be to have James Earl Jones there as the stadium PA announcer?