Governor Reynolds has awarded the City of Dyersville 12-and-a-half million dollars in federal American Rescue Plan money to support construction of a new stadium at the Field of Dreams.
The 50-million dollar “This is Iowa Ballpark” would be a permanent stadium for baseball games, concerts and other gatherings year-round.
It’s a joint project of Travel Dubuque and several other entities, including the City of Dyersville, Dyersville Economic Development Corporation, Dubuque County and Go the Distance Baseball – who are forming a new non-profit called “This is Iowa Ballpark, Inc”.
The federal funding, awarded through the state’s Destination Iowa program, provides 25 percent of the financing for the stadium. This spring, Dubuque County’s Board of Supervisors committed five million from the county’s federal pandemic money for the ballpark.
Earlier this year, a group of investors announced plans for a separate development — a sports-tourism complex at the movie site. It would have nine baseball fields, primarily to host youth tournaments, as well as a hotel and other amenities.
The announcement comes as Dyersville is getting ready to host the second-ever MLB game at the Field of Dreams on Thursday night.