The Major League Baseball stadium at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville is coming down – for now.
Crews have gotten to work on tearing down the temporary 8,000-seat ballpark. It was built this past year for the August 13th match-up between the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, but the MLB announced earlier this week that the game will be postponed until 2021.
Roman Weinberg, the manager of The Field of Dreams Movie Site, says they knew rescheduling the game was a possibility since the pandemic began in early March.
Weinberg says the process of tearing down the stadium has already begun. The plan is to rebuild the stadium for next year’s game beginning next spring. He wasn’t able to comment on the MLB’s behalf on why the stadium was being deconstructed. But Murray Cook of BrightView, the company the MLB hired for the stadium work, tells the Telegraph Herald that much of what was used to construct the stadium was rented and it’d be too expensive to keep it all intact until next year.
Meanwhile, in downtown Dyersville, a new museum honoring the Field of Dreams opened today. It’s called the “If You Build It Exhibit” and highlights the making of the 1989 film and its history. Weinberg attended the ribbon cutting on Wednesday and says the new attraction is a wonderful tribute.
The new “If You Build It Exhibit” also features a newly painted mural on the side of the building featuring the Ghostplayers coming out of the corn.
photos courtesy of Field of Dreams Movie Site, Dyersville Chamber and Beau Thomas