The interest in MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO has not been 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’s thousands upon thousands of fans tweeting, sharing and otherwise discussing the announcement of
The interest in MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO has not been 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’s thousands upon thousands of fans tweeting, sharing and otherwise discussing the announcement of the special event.
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So 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?
On 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 Yankees. The White Sox will be the “home” team, surrendering a home date at Guaranteed Rate Field for this special game, with the remainder of a three-game series resuming at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday, Aug. 15.
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.
How can I get tickets?
Information on a limited ticket availability will be announced by MLB in the months ahead.
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?
It will be constructed 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 will take fans to the ballpark.
The right-field wall will include windows to show the cornfields beyond the ballpark.
How large will the ballpark be?
It will hold 8,000 fans.
What will the field look like?
Though we don’t yet have info on the park’s specific dimensions, the design of the park will pay homage to Chicago’s Comiskey Park, which was home of the White Sox (and, for a time, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson) 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 house an MLB regular-season game?
No, BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., where the Little League Classic is held, is the smallest, with 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 a 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.
Will people come?
People will come. People will most definitely come.
Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.