Baseball Classics: Iowa Still Boasts Baseball Heaven with Field of Dreams Site
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If you build it they will come, long after the classic baseball movie Field of Dreams comes to theaters.
The start of another MLB season means the smell of spring, the hope that a refreshed lineup brings and a long list of baseball movies you need to rewatch.
There is hardly a more classic film in that regard than 1989’s Field of Dreams, which still causes myriad fans around the nation to weep openly when they consider having a catch with dad.
For we travelers, there is hardly a more iconic baseball movie landmark than the farm turned baseball Mecca they have in Iowa in the form of a farm that still welcome visitors decades after Kevin Costner started hearing voices.
As fans know, Ray Kinsella decided to build a massive baseball diamond in his cornfield, astonishing locals and amusing countless visitors by the movie’s end.
The popularity of the game and the universal appeal of the movie led to something remarkable for that farm that was used for filming in Dyersville, Iowa. The location became a point of pilgrimage for so many, even to this day.
The Field of Dreams Movie Site is an actual place you can visit, spending a day walking the field or taking in one of the tours. It’s there that you can contemplate having a catch, which will undoubtedly devolve into a moment of self-reflection and tears. We hear a good hot dog and beer is a nice complement for the catharsis.
The website promises nothing short of baseball haven: “Welcome to this home, this farm, this baseball field, this little piece of heaven on earth. Welcome to this place where reality mixes with fantasy and dreams can come true.”
The website also states souvenirs are available and admission is free. Ghost Sunday, which welcomes past ghost players, kicks off on July 5.
Here is a video of past iterations:
In 2014, Iowa Public Television covered the effect the field has had with fans and the actors who at one point called this magical place home:
The movie takes audiences all around the country, which includes a stop at the equally wonderful Fenway Park.
But the most memorable aspect of the movie remains that field that turned magic into reality; that allowed historic players to once again relive their baseball glory for a small amount of time each day.
When the weather heats up and the peanuts are being passed around so many stadiums around the country, you might want to consider a stop by this place where something as simple as a game of catch can be an unforgettable experience.
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