Joe Jackson: Is this heaven?
Ray Kinsella: It’s Iowa.
Okay, it really was actors Ray Liotta and Kevin Costner, in the movie “Field of Dreams.” But you knew that. Depending on where you live in the country, you may not know that the field used in the movie has remained open, in tiny Dyersville, Iowa. But times being what they are, the owners weren’t making enough money to keep it open and, sadly, it closed last year.
But just like the movie, the story has a happy ending – or at least is moving in that direction, according to this article in today’s Des Moines Register. The State of Iowa approved millions of dollars in tax breaks for a project named All-Star Ballpark Heaven, which hopes to attract traveling teams and youth baseball tournaments.
It’s not news to us that travel teams and tournaments continue to be more and more popular, and the plans suggest the facility will be something special, featuring 24 baseball and softball fields, an indoor facility and dormitories, everything surrounded, naturally, by corn fields.
According to the article, “Developers say All-Star Ballpark Heaven could attract 4,150 out-of-state athletes and families every week from April through September.”
No mention in the article about when the facility will open, but I’ll keep an eye open for an announcement. Having kids playing in baseball heaven sounds like a really fun idea.