'Field of Dreams' site in Iowa sold

A group of investors that includes Wade Boggs bought the iconic film property and plans to turn it into a youth baseball complex.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jan 7, 2013 10:42AM

© Moviestore Collection/Rex FeaturesThe 193-acre Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 Kevin Costner film "Field of Dreams" has been sold to an investor group that plans to build a baseball training and tournament complex.

 

The investors, who include baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, plan to keep the famous field and farmhouse already on the site. Purchase price was $3.4 million.

 

Go The Distance Baseball had been trying to buy the property, which had been offered for $5.4 million, since mid-2010, but the closing was delayed by neighbors’ complaints and a lawsuit over a zoning change.

 

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The company plans to build a $38 million youth baseball complex called All-Star Ballpark Heaven, starting with 12 fields and 60 team clubhouses by 2014, with plans to double in size by 2017. The investors also plan a community center, auditorium and banquet facilities, according to an article in The Chicago Tribune.

Denise Stillman, president and CEO of the company, told The Tribune that she and her husband, Mike, saw “Field of Dreams” on one of their first dates. "I'm just really excited about what lies ahead," she told the newspaper. "We've got so much work to do to get the field ready to open again April 1. That's when the tourist site opens."

The Field of Dreams Movie Site, owned by Don Lansing, who grew up in the two-bedroom farmhouse, is open for tours April 1 through Nov. 30 and draws about 65,000 visitors every year. It’s about 25 miles west of Dubuque, Iowa. He and his wife, Becky, plan to continue working at the site.

"My family's farm has been part of the landscape for more than a century," Lansing said in a news release. "I have been honored to care for it my entire life and know the Stillmans and their group will care for the movie site like I did."

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Jan 16, 2013 7:45AM
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I have been to the field twice.  Hit flyballs shagged flies, pitched to kids of all ages and colors, bought T shirts and baseballs and took many pictures [playing ball, my wife and daughter walking out of the cornfield etc]
       The place is MMMagic
Jan 12, 2013 7:41PM
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The title for this article should have been called  ''Gone With The Wind''
Jan 12, 2013 6:29PM
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Yeh !!!...lets bulldoze all that productive farm land just like like they bulldozed all of southern California back in the 50's...Yeh !!!...
Jan 12, 2013 5:32PM
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Best possible thing that could have happened.  Everyone in the area supports it and is excited for the jobs it will bring. 

Jan 12, 2013 4:08PM
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I have been to The Field of Dreams twice.  I so enjoyed watched our grandchildren play ball with their Dad.  It looked just as it did in the movies with the cornfield in the background which in the fall was used for a maze.  I'm just happy to read that the baseball field and house will remain in tact.
Jan 12, 2013 11:42AM
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My condolences to the neighbors.  Nothing like living in the country only to live next door to a tourist attraction.  I don't blame them for being upset about all of this.  I would be too. 
Jan 12, 2013 10:42AM
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It may be in the middle of nowhere folks but the article said that the movie site tourist attraction while owned by the original family gets about 65,000 visitors each year. At a modest entrance fee of 5$ thats 325,000$ a year before expenses.  Add all the new fields, etc., and that place is gonna be like a DisneyWorld for every amatuer baseball player in America. As well as make some people rich and create jobs.
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Just like the movie said, " If you build it they will come", and thats what will happen when they build this new complex. People will come.
Jan 7, 2013 4:48PM
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Excellent idea. Keeping it for families to enjoy is something that should be done!
Jan 7, 2013 4:33PM
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It's the people with vision that make the world a better place.  I would never sink that kind of money into ball fields in rural Iowa, but what do I know?

Jan 7, 2013 4:32PM
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obummer will want to sell it to china

 

Jan 7, 2013 4:31PM
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A crazy price for a piece of land in Iowa that no one will ever see.
Jan 7, 2013 4:29PM
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So sad.  How many people will now go hungry because that farm will now go out of production?  Prime food producing acreage.....
Jan 7, 2013 4:17PM
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Lots of money chasing too few dreams.  As Ernest Hemingway once said: "Isn't pretty to think so."
Jan 7, 2013 4:15PM
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There really is something magical about walking out onto that field, there's a warmth when you see a car pull in the parking area and a father and son run out on the field and start playing catch. I've seen middle age men run out there with their aging fathers, and young kids not realizing what the big deal is, just happy to be playing ball with their Dad. 

It's sad that it will all be redone, but yet I'm very pleased that it will remain a baseball complex.
 
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