Major League Baseball has announced that the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox will face off in the cornfields of Iowa.
According to MLB.com, the Hollywood classic “Field of Dreams” will become a reality when the Yanks take on the Sox in the first-ever MLB game in Iowa at a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark constructed in the corn on the Dyersville farm site where the classic film was shot.
The event will be presented by GEICO and will be broadcast by FOX at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13.
“As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular season game to the site of Field of Dreams,” commissioner Rob Manfred said. “We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa.”
Construction on the small ballpark that will house the game will begin next Tuesday, exactly one year from the date of the game and a little more than 30 years from the release of the movie starring Kevin Costner and based on W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe novel.
As MLB puts on the website: “Fans attending the game will walk along a pathway through a cornfield, before the corn clears and reveals the sparkling diamond, equal parts heaven and Iowa, the birthplace of Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Cap Anson, Dave Bancroft, Fred Clarke, Red Faber and Dazzy Vance.”
Played on a Thursday, the game will be considered a White Sox home date, followed by a Friday off-day before the two clubs resume their three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on that Saturday.
Information on limited ticket availability will be announced by MLB in the months ahead.