The Dubuque County Supervisors have approved spending five million dollars in federal funding on a permanent stadium next to the “Field of Dreams” movie site near Dyersville — and a new non-profit plans to seek other grants and private donations for the 50 million dollar project.
Major League Baseball set up the playing field at the site for a nationally televised game last August, with another game scheduled there this summer.
Travel Dubuque president Keith Rahe says the ball diamond, fencing and lights are permanent at the site, so the new “This is Iowa Ballpark” non-profit plans to build a permanent clubhouse, concession stands, restrooms and seating for spectators.
Dubuque County Supervisors agreed to use five million dollars of the county’s American Rescue Plan funding on this project. Dyersville officials have approved one million dollars. Rahe says the plan is for the stadium to host events mainly from April through November.
Rahe discussed the non-profit’s plans at the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. Rahe says it’s important to build on the momentum from the Major League games and the movie that inspired it all.
This project to build a permanent Field of Dreams stadium is separate from the plan from private developers who intend to build a hotel, youth baseball and softball fields and dorms near the movie site.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa