People will come, guys, people will come.
The 'Field of Dreams' in Dyersville, Iowa -- obviously made popular by the movie of the same name -- will soon be the home of an independent baseball team in the Northern League, reports KWWL in Iowa. The team is yet to have a name and could begin play as early as next season.
Final plans for All-Star Ballpark Heaven include 24 fields, one of which will now be equipped for the Northern League team. Up until this week, developers had planned on having 12 of the fields built and operational by the 2014 season, in time for the Field of Dreams film's 25th anniversary. However, developers are now scaling back that $20 million "Phase 1" plan to six fields by 2014, which includes the more-developed Northern League Field.
Go the Distance Baseball has not yet begun constructing the fields. Stillman said the developers are working to raise all the necessary funds.
Plans call for the original field from the film to remain intact and free and open to the public, as it has been. That includes keeping the outfield meeting the cornfield.
Good to see the integrity of the original field will remain, though many locals are outraged at the commercialization of the site.
The Northern League is an independent league, meaning there's no affiliation with Major League Baseball. It's third incarnation will begin next season after the league folded in 2012. The other known team for the league thus far is the Elkhart Country (Indiana) Miracle.
Remember, Wade Boggs is part of the group that bought the 'Field of Dreams' area last year as part of a plan to build a gigantic baseball complex around the original field without messing with it.
And now, just because, the fictional Terence Mann can take us away with his dulcet tones: