How MLB’s Field of Dreams game has pumped new life into Iowa film site

How MLB’s Field of Dreams game has pumped new life into Iowa film site


DYERSVILLE, Ia. — It’s a little after 2:30 p.m. on a hot summer afternoon when a car with a Wisconsin license plate creeps down the gravel road of the “Field of Dreams” movie site.

The car, full of visitors in the front and back seats, stops before it gets to the famed ball diamond. The driver rolls down the window to greet Marcia Weigel, who is taking donations and providing directions. 

“You can walk, run or crawl the bases,” Weigel tells the group. 

It’s a conversation Weigel, a resident of Dyersville who was an extra in the 1989 movie, has been having for hours this July day. Cars with plates from Missouri, Colorado, California and beyond have also made their way down Lansing Road in rural northeast Iowa in a pilgrimage to a ballpark made famous by Hollywood and enjoying renewed interest because of the Major League Baseball game to be played here this month.

Eric Suiter of Bellevue plays catch with his daughter, Clara, 6, at the Field of Dreams on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Dyersville. The field and movie site have seen increased popularity in recent weeks due to an upcoming Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees.

On Aug. 12, the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, two historic franchises featured in the film, will play in the first official MLB game in Iowa history on a specially built field right next to the diamond featured in the movie. 

“Because of the MLB game, a lot of people like to try to go back there to see it,” Weigel said. “But of course, you know, they can’t go back there (to the new field).” 


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