A temporary, 8,000-seat ballpark will be built at the site where the 1989 movie was filmed to accommodate the first major league game played in Iowa.
“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 in a statement. “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 ballpark will begin Tuesday, one year before the game will be played. Dimensions of the ballpark were not announced, though MLB posted a video of a rendering of the setup, which will include a pathway through the cornfield for fans and aspects of the White Sox’s former Comiskey Park. The right-field wall will be broken up by windows to show the cornstalks beyond the wall.
The game, which will be played on a Thursday and air on Fox, will be considered a White Sox home date. Friday will be an off day before the teams resume their three-game series in Chicago.
The Academy Award-nominated film features Kevin Costner’s Ray Kinsella interacting with a number of players from the 1919 White Sox who were banned from baseball for intentionally losing in the World Series.
To announce next year’s game, MLB unveiled a commercial Thursday that featured Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge jogging onto a field that mimicked the film’s iconic baseball-field-in-a-cornfield, and asking of Costner’s character: “Is this heaven?”
“No,” Costner’s character could be seen saying, in one of the movie’s most-remembered lines. “It’s Iowa.”