When it was first announced in 2019, the interest in MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO was not all that dissimilar to the interest in Ray Kinsella’s farm-turned-field. But instead of hundreds of cars lining Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa, it was thousands upon thousands of fans tweeting,
When it was first announced in 2019, the interest in MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO was not all that dissimilar to the interest in Ray Kinsella’s farm-turned-field. But instead of hundreds of cars lining Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa, it was thousands upon thousands of fans tweeting, sharing and otherwise discussing the special event.
Though changes had to be made in light of the coronavirus pandemic and its significant impact on the 2020 schedule, MLB at Field of Dreams is still scheduled to become a reality.
Here is a handy FAQ to answer any questions you might have about this special game. If you ask it, we will answer.
When and where is the game?
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, at a newly constructed ballpark near the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville, Iowa.
Who is playing?
The White Sox and the Cardinals. The White Sox will be the “home” team, surrendering a home date at Guaranteed Rate Field for this unique event.
MLB’s original schedule had the White Sox scheduled to play the Yankees in this game. But with the shortened, 60-game schedule, teams are only playing clubs in their geographic region to limit travel, hence why the Cardinals are replacing the Yankees.
The White Sox are hosting the game because of their role in the 1989 “Field of Dreams” movie, in which the ghosts of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and other members of the 1919 Black Sox play on the diamond in the Iowa cornfield.
Does this count as a regular-season game?
How can I watch it?
FOX will provide exclusive national coverage of the game, with an airtime of 7 p.m. ET.
Will fans be able to attend?
It is still to be determined whether any fans can attend the game due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB.com will have further updates as the date of the game approaches.
Will the game be played on the same field that was used in the movie?
No. Not only is that field not up to typical Major League dimensions, but too many balls would get lost in the cornfield.
Where will the ballpark be located?
In the field beyond the northern perimeter of the movie field. In a nice homage to the game in the film, a pathway through the cornfield leads to the ballpark.
The right-field wall features windows to show the cornfields beyond the ballpark.
How large will the ballpark be?
It is large enough to hold 8,000 fans, but, again, it is still to be determined whether any fans will be able to attend.
What will the field look like?
The design of the park pays homage to Chicago’s Comiskey Park, which was home of the White Sox (and, for a time, “Shoeless” Joe) from 1910-90.
Will the ballpark be used again?
The field will stay intact. Go The Distance Baseball, the company that operates the movie site, will consider other potential uses for it.
Will this be the smallest facility to ever house an MLB regular-season game?
No, BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., where the Little League Classic has been held, is the smallest. It has a capacity of 2,366.
What happens if the game gets rained out?
With an off-day scheduled for the day after the game, there is room in the schedule to make the game up.
Has MLB ever had a regular-season game in Iowa?
No, this will be the first. But the White Sox and Cubs did stage an exhibition in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1942, for the opening of Dodger Stadium (no, not that one). Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Cap Anson, Dave Bancroft, Fred Clarke, Red Faber and Dazzy Vance all hail from Iowa. Feller’s father, William, predated the movie idea by building his son a ballfield on the family farm in Van Meter.
Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.