Field of Dreams FAQ: Tickets and other details

November 23rd, 2020

One of the most highly anticipated games in Major League Baseball history is back on the schedule. MLB announced tentative plans for the inaugural MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO in 2021 after the event’s original debut was pushed back a year by the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, all plans for the event are contingent upon the status of public health in summer 2021.

Upon its initial announcement in 2019, interest in the game was not all that dissimilar to 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. That interest is bound to be revived now that the game is on again.

Here is a handy FAQ to answer any questions you might have about MLB at Field of Dreams. If you ask it, we will answer.

When and where is the game?
The game is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Aug. 12, and it will air live on FOX.

The game will take place at a newly constructed, 8,000-seat ballpark near the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville.

Who is playing in MLB at Field of Dreams?
The matchup from the original plans for the 2020 game is back on, as the White Sox and Yankees will face one another in the rescheduled event in 2021.

The home team for next year’s game has not been announced, but in the original plans for the game, the Sox were scheduled to be the “home” team, surrendering a home date at Guaranteed Rate Field for this unique event. Whether home or away, the White Sox are an obvious choice to be included 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.

Will this count as a regular-season game?
Yes.

Will fans be able to attend?
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, it is too soon to say whether fans will be able to attend in 2021, but that is of course the hope. MLB announced that the feasibility of ticket availability will be evaluated in the months ahead.

If they are allowed, people will come. People will most definitely come.

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?
In the 2020 schedule, an off-day was built in after MLB at Field of Dreams to leave room for a makeup game. In the 2021 MLB regular-season schedule announced in July, the Yankees and White Sox were slated for a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field from Aug. 13-15 with an off-day on Aug. 12.

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.