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On Aug. 8, 2019, Major League Baseball announced its plans to play a regular season game at the Dyersville, Iowa, site of the classic 1989 film Field of Dreams. The development of the site and a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark launched immediately, with the goal of featuring the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees on Aug. 13, 2020.

In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic began to impact MLB’s schedule in numerous ways. MLB preserved its goal of hosting “MLB at Field Of Dreams presented by GEICO” as the calendar flipped to August. On Aug. 4, however, MLB determined that due to the ongoing realities of the pandemic, it was best to postpone the historic event until its 2021 season.

The most highly anticipated game in Major League Baseball history was back on the schedule for Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, with the matchup from the original plans for the 2020 game of the White Sox and Yankees. The two teams faced one another in a classic game with a dramatic 9-8 win for the White Sox with a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning.

MLB will hold another game at the stadium in 2022 between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs.

We Built It...

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The BrightView Sports Turf team that built the field for the MLB at Field of Dreams game.

In the tiny farming town of Dyersville, Iowa, just outside Dubuque, sits the iconic site for the movie Field of Dreams. In 2021, a Major League Baseball stadium sprang up in the same cornfield and played host to a regular-season game. The temporary ballpark paid homage to Comiskey Park, which once was home to the Chicago White Sox from 1910 through 1990.

BrightView was a part of this special project by building and maintaining the ballfield, as we have done with other major projects, such as the Little League Classic, the 2016 Fort Bragg Game, the 2019 London Series, the 2019 season opener in Japan, and the historic exhibition game in Havana, Cuba. BaAm and Populous also were hired by MLB as part of the project.

Construction began in August 2019 by digging and moving around 30,000 cubic yards of soil to level the field. Met with sweltering Iowa heat and humidity, the team also dealt with conditions surrounding "corn sweat," the process by which moisture in plant leaves evaporates into the air, and having to keep the field maintained for more than a year since the game was postponed due to the pandemic. The finished product is one BrightView is proud of and is thrilled to see shine during the big game. 

...and the People Came

The 8,000-seat stadium hosted the Aug. 12, 2021, game between the White Sox and Yankees. Although this was not the smallest facility to host an MLB regular-season game (that honor goes to the Little League Classic game at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.), it was the first in the state of Iowa.

The ballpark overlooked the movie site with a pathway going through the corn to link the two fields for attendees to walk between and with an MLB-themed corn maze.

It was a priority of MLB and its Commissioner, Rob Manfred, to allow fans to experience significant events in important locations and to create memories for fans who are outside of MLB markets. Everyone involved, including MLB and BrightView, delivered a great event, created lifelong memories, and celebrated the theme of Field of Dreams and, particularly, its focus on families.

 

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Sports Buzz - August 10, 2021

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MLB at Field of Dreams brings the world of baseball and the world of cinema together, and stars of both got together on Monday to talk about what the unique game means to them. White Sox All-Star Closer Liam Hendriks – who will play in the game between the White Sox and Yankees on Thursday’s Field of Dreams...

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How They Built It

New York Business Journal - August 10, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield baseball stadium


Thirty-two years after the beloved movie debuted, MLB is bringing a game to Iowa and the iconic Field of Dreams...

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Learn how Field of Dreams team prepared the turf for MLB debut

Athletic Turf News - August 10, 2021


Murray Cook, president, BrightView Sports Turf discusses the preparation that went behind creating the Field of Dreams. Learn what went into creating the iconic baseball diamond and the challenges that came along with preparing the turf for play.

 

McKenna Joins Grounds Crew for 'MLB at Field of Dreams" Game

Texas A&M - August 9, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield baseball stadium


DYERSVILLE, Iowa –  Texas A&M Athletics field manager Nick McKenna was bestowed the honor of serving on the grounds crew for Thursday's 'MLB at Field of Dreams' game. The game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will be contested at a playing facility built in the cornfields 500 feet from the field....

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How The Stage Was Set For The Yankees And White Sox At The Dyersville, Iowa

On Cue Sports - August 9, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield baseball stadium


DYERSVILLE, Iowa — On a warm, humid summer night in rural Iowa, cornstalks fade against a multi-colored sunset and a chorus of cicadas echoes in the air. In early August, corn fills nearly every field in northeast Iowa, save for those rotating this summer with soybeans. Most years, cornstalks shield the Field of Dreams movie...

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McKenna joins grounds crew for ‘MLB at Field of Dreams’ game

KBTX - August 9, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield baseball stadium


DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- Texas A&M Athletics field manager Nick McKenna has been bestowed the honor of serving on the grounds crew for Thursday’s ‘MLB at Field of Dreams’ game. The game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will be contested at a playing facility built in the cornfields 500 feet from the field...

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How They Built It

Sports Business Journal - August 9, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield baseball stadium


The White Sox will face the Yankees in primetime Thursday on Fox. Courtesy of MLB Photos Walking the warning track of a pristine baseball diamond cut into an Iowa cornfield, Murray Cook stopped to look back at a vast stretch of 10-foot high cornstalks, then ahead at more 10-foot high...

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Excitement builds for Field of Dreams Game

MLB - August 9, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield baseball stadium


MLB at Field of Dreams is bringing the world of baseball and the world of cinema together, and stars from both teamed up Monday to talk about what the one-of-a-kind game means to them. White Sox All-Star closer Liam Hendriks -- who will play in Thursday's game between the White Sox and Yankees at the Field of Dreams...

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From cornfield to baseball stadium: Workers ready Field of Dreams for MLB game

Telegraph Herald - August 8, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield baseball stadium


DYERSVILLE, Iowa — After the Field of Dreams Major League Baseball game was announced, workers found themselves recreating parts of the popular 1989 movie. In the film, a farmer, played by Kevin Costner, plows his corn field to build a baseball field. “We did that here. We did that same thing ...” BrightView Sports Turf...

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‘Field of Dreams’ game: How the stage was set for the Yankees and White Sox at the Dyersville, Iowa landmark

The Athletic - August 8, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield baseball stadium


DYERSVILLE, Iowa — On a warm, humid summer night in rural Iowa, cornstalks fade against a multi-colored sunset and a chorus of cicadas echoes in the air. 
In early August, corn fills nearly every field in northeast Iowa, save for those rotating this summer with soybeans. Most years, cornstalks shield the Field of Dreams...

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Populous Kicks Off Rare Triple Play Highlighting Baseball’s Present, Past and Future

Populous - August 3, 2021

MLB at Field of Dreams


This summer, Populous will execute a baseball-themed triple-play via the seasons three highest profile MLB events. In the 1989 classic film “Field of Dreams,” James Earl Jones, portraying American novelist Terence Mann, says “The one constant through all the years Ray has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of...

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MLB at Field of Dreams cornfield

MLB at Field of Dreams Game baseball stadium cornfield BrightView

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MLB at Field of Dreams Game baseball stadium cornfield

MLB at Field of Dreams Game baseball stadium cornfield BrightView

MLB at Field of Dreams Game baseball stadium cornfield

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