The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox will play a game at the famed Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13, 2020, the teams announced Thursday.
For the occasion, an 8,000 seat ballpark will be erected for the first MLB game ever played in Iowa.
“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 in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa.”
The game will be played on a Thursday on a date that is scheduled as a White Sox home game. After the game, the teams will have a day off to travel back to Chicago to continue their series on Saturday and Sunday.
The construction of the ballpark will begin coming Tuesday, one year before the game will be played. Dimensions of the ballpark were not announced, though MLB posted a video of a rendering of the setup, which will include a pathway through the cornfield for fans and aspects of the White Sox’s former Comiskey Park. The right-field wall will be broken up by windows to show the cornstalks beyond the wall.
This event is a continuation of a trend started by MLB to play games outside the traditional Major League ballparks. The Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and the matchup between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals in Omaha, Nebraska, in June ahead of the College World Series are fine examples of that.
“The Yankees organization is proud to participate in such a unique celebration of baseball,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “Field of Dreams captures the pure essence of baseball, and it continues to bring generations of fans — and families — together to embrace its timeless roots.”
As a huge baseball fan and fan of the movie Field of Dreams, I can only say that this is an awesome initiative.