Take Me Out To (And Around) The Ballgame

The Yankees and White Sox will play an MLB game on Aug. 12 on a field next to the original Field of Dreams movie site. Photo: Travel Dubuque

Writer: Michael Morain
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Even if you don’t have tickets to see the Yankees play the White Sox next month at the Field of Dreams, you still may want to slide into Dyersville.

Locals are lining up a “Beyond the Game” festival for Aug. 11-12, with a country music concert, activities for kids, an “Experience Iowa Zone” featuring Iowa products, a screening of the famous movie, and an outdoor viewing party for the game itself, beamed live to a giant screen at the city square.

An exhibit called “If You Build It” will highlight some of the ways the movie’s legacy lives on in Dyersville, Dubuque County and the entire state of Iowa. Since its production in 1988, the film has become a cultural icon and is featured in an exhibit at the State Historical Museum for its contribution to the state’s creative economy.

But a big-league game? That’s definitely a first.

As Travel Dubuque’s Keith Rahe puts it: “A Major League Baseball game being played in a cornfield in Iowa—it just doesn’t get any more unique than that.” And if you want to get your hands on a ticket, you’ll have to get lucky. Registration for a lottery is open until tomorrow exclusively for fans with an Iowa ZIP code.

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