The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees will play a 2020 regular season Major League Baseball game at the site where “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Fox’s “MLB at ‘Field of Dreams’” event in Dyersville, Iowa, will not only be the first at the movie site turned tourist attraction, it will actually be the first ever Major League game ever played in Iowa.
The Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 game will be considered a White Sox home game with Fox’s coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. CT. The following day will be an off-day, with the two teams resuming their three-game series back in Chicago on Saturday.
Later this month, MLB will begin construction on a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark at the Dyersville site for the pro game. The plan is for a pathway through a cornfield to take fans to the ballpark, which will overlook the actual movie location, the league said. The right field wall will include windows to show the cornfields beyond the ballpark.
“‘Field of Dreams’ is an iconic, generational baseball story built upon a deep love of the game that transcends even the most impossible of circumstances,” Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox, said in a statement. “The filmmakers tell a beautiful story that resonates to this day. It is an incredible honor for the White Sox franchise to be the home team against the Yankees in a special setting that will capture everyone’s imagination just like the movie does. 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.”
“The Yankees organization is proud to participate in such a unique celebration of baseball,” Hal Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the New York Yankees, added. “‘Field of Dream’s captures the pure essence of baseball, and it continues to bring generations of fans — and families — together to embrace its timeless roots. It’s a distinct honor for us to showcase our great game in such an iconic and intimate setting while promoting the movie’s legacy. I fully expect that this experience will exemplify why baseball remains a cherished American pastime.”
The 1989 Universal Studios film stars Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta. In the movie, Costner’s character is driven to construct a baseball field on his farm. The 1919 White Sox emerge from cornfields to play a little ball.