The Field of Dreams has been sold.
Hall of Famer Frank Thomas is heading a venture called This is Heaven, LLC, which has purchased a controlling interest in ownership of All-Star Ballpark Heaven and the iconic Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville.
Terms of the sale are not public, but the transaction involved the purchase of all the interests in Go the Distance Baseball owned by the Denise M. Stillman Trust.
During a press conference at the movie site on Thursday, Thomas said they’ve got big plans for the Field of Dreams property, while working with in a collaborative spirit with neighbors and government officials. He says his goal is to get back to youth baseball and give kids the opportunity he had.
Thomas calls this a win-win for everybody. He saw the magic of the field firsthand this past August when he was part of FOX’s broadcast team at the Major League Baseball game between the Sox and Yankees.
Dyersville Mayor Jim Heavens says he thinks This is Heaven LLC will have a good experience calling Dyersville home.
Thomas says the first thing on their agenda is to get water and sewer to the property.
Thomas’s partner in the venture is longtime friend Rick Heidner, a Chicago area real estate developer and entrepreneur, who was an initial investor in Go the Distance Baseball and retains his original minority investment.
Thomas will serve as CEO, with former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Dan Evans serving as Chief Operating Officer.
Meanwhile, Tom Mietzel, the trustee of the trust bearing his late wife’s name, says the time is right to move forward – and the family is confident they found a buyer that will honor Denise’s legacy and vision for the Field of Dreams.
photo courtesy of Field of Dreams Movie Site