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Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA)

DYERSVILLE, Iowa - An All-Star Ballpark Heaven developer said her group has reached a "milestone" in its quest to build a youth baseball and softball tournament complex near the Field of Dreams movie site.

Go the Distance Baseball President and CEO Denise Stillman said her group has established a relationship with a construction loan provider. Both sides are in the midst of "working out the details of what that loan will look like," Stillman said.

Go the Distance Baseball has tried to secure funding for the 24-field sports complex since the project was announced. Despite having high-profile investors such as Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs and television star Matthew Perry, developers have had to delay plans to open the facility this spring.

Stillman said teams are signing up for a Dubuque-based tournament series this spring. Construction on the Dyersville site should begin this year, she said.

Go the Distance Baseball is planning a celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Kevin Costner film. Rather than hold an event on the film's April release date, Stillman is planning multiple events on Father's Day weekend to take advantage of warmer weather.


March 8, 2014




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