In 1987, some farmland in Iowa was selected to serve as the set for “Field of Dreams,” a 1989 Academy Award nominee for Best Picture. Since the film’s premiere, just as foreshadowed in the movie, people from all around the world have visited this quaint little ball field in rural Dyersville, Iowa, to experience the magic for themselves.
The movie site continues to prosper 33 years after the film’s debut, having welcomed more than 225,000 visitors in 2021, the highest annual traffic since the site’s inception.
Universal Pictures built the baseball diamond in 1988 on two farms. The field was built across the two properties because the producers wanted to place the field in a location where sunset shots would have a clear line of sight.
Once filming was completed, the baseball diamond created for the movie was left behind. Most of the baseball field, including the diamond and the adjacent house, was on a farm owned by the Lansing family, but the left and center fields were on an adjacent property owned by the Ameskamp family.
After filming was completed, the Lansing family kept their portion of the field intact and added a small hut where visitors could buy souvenirs. The Ameskamp family returned their land to farming for a year, but then restored the remainder of the field and opened up their own souvenir stand. The two owners had operated separate tourist facilities and had also been at odds regarding the commercialization of the site.
In 1990, Keith Rahe, a neighboring farmer, put together a baseball team dubbed the “Ghost Players” to entertain the visitors at the field. The team’s presence at the field on Sunday afternoons once a month attracted thousands of additional fans to the field.
In August 2007, Rita Ameskamp sold the land containing her portion of the baseball field to Don and Becky Lansing – the owners of the remainder of the field. As a result, the movie site was, for the first time, entirely owned by the Lansing family. On May 13, 2010, the Lansings announced they were putting the farm used for the movie up for sale. An organization called Go the Distance Baseball has owned and preserved the movie site since 2012.
The movie site hosted the historic Major League Baseball at the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 12, 2021, between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, and MLB will be returning for a second game scheduled in August 2022 between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.
Those planning their visit to the Field of Dreams have a variety of ways to experience the site. They can have a catch on The Field, take a 30-minute guided home tour inside the farmhouse or live like the Kinsella family while staying overnight in the farmhouse. Fans can grab some delicious ballpark fare from the concessions stand along the third-base line. And they won’t want to forget to grab some Field of Dreams gear at the Baseballism retail store on-site.
If you build it, they will come! “Field of Dreams inspired millions after its release in 1989, and now AAA is welcoming you to this iconic home, farm, baseball field and piece of heaven on earth in Dyersville, Iowa. On this tour, you’ll learn about the Rockford Peaches women’s baseball team, visit the famous baseball field where “Field of Dreams” was filmed, peruse a collection of sports memorabilia and history at the Chicago Sports Museum, attend a Chicago Cubs game, take a guided tour of Wrigley Field and more.
August 22-26, 2022
AAA member price: $1,771 (single) • $1,326 (triple) • $1,271 (quad)
Non-member price: $1,846 (single) • $1,512 (double) $1,401 (triple) • $1,346 (quad)
Departure city: Worthington, Ohio
Includes 6 meals: 4 breakfasts & 2 dinners
Activity level: 2
Deposit: $150 per person
Final payment date: June 15, 2022
Call 888-AAA-OHIO (888-222-6446) or visit AAA.com/Travel.