Field of Dreams (Dubuque County, Iowa)


Field of Dreams (Dubuque County, Iowa)

The Field of Dreams is a baseball field and pop-culture tourist attraction built originally for the movie of the same name. It is in Dubuque County, Iowa, near Dyersville.

The studio built the baseball diamond on two farms, a few miles outside Dyersville. When production completed, the baseball diamond created for the movie was left behind. Most of the baseball field, including the diamond and the adjacent house, was on one farm owned by the Lansing family, but the left and center field were on an adjacent property owned by the Ameskamp family.

After filming was completed, the Lansing family kept their portion of the field intact, and added a small hut where visitors could buy souvenirs. The Ameskamp family returned their land to farming for a year, but then restored the remainder of the field and opened up their own souvenir stand. The two owners had operated separate tourist facilities, and had also been at odds regarding commercialization of the site.

In August 2007, Rita Ameskamp sold the land containing her portion of the baseball field to Don and Becky Lansing - the owners of the remainder of the field. As a result the movie site is now entirely owned by the Lansing family. [cite news | last = Hogstrom | first = Erik | coauthors = | title = Left & Center Field of Dreams sold | work = Telegraph Herald | pages = | publisher = Woodward Communications, Inc. | date = 2007-08-18 | url = http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=169879 | accessdate = 2007-08-18 ]

Dimensions and capacity

The stadium is 281 feet to left field, 314 to center and 262 to right field. It holds 84 people.

Netflix Rolling Roadshow

In August 2006, Netflix sponsored a "Rolling Roadshow" honoring a small, handful of films by screening them in locations unique to each film. On August 11th, they had a viewing of "Field of Dreams" at the actual site of filming in Dyersville, Iowa. A giant, outdoor screen was set up adjacent to the field with seating, concessions, and parking along left and center field. Before the screening of the film, Kevin Costner and his as of yet unnamed-band performed for two hours for the attending crowd of close to 1,000 people. Costner and his band played a selection of original songs and popular covers, including a song about Iowa that he wrote during the filming of Field of Dreams 17 years earlier.

The event was hosted by Lisa Loeb.

Gallery

References

External links

* [http://www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com/ The website from the Lansing family] , who owns the field
* [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,206606,00.html Kevin Costner returns to Field of Dreams] Netflix will sponsor an outdoor showing of Field of Dreams at the namesake Iowa ballfield on August 11, 2006. Kevin Costner, star of the movie, will also appear in person


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