Dyersville's Field of Dreams Up For Sale

The Field of Dreams in Dyersville. (Gazette file photo)

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By Richard Pratt

DYERSVILLE -- The Field of Dreams is for sale.

The famous movie site near Dyersville has officially been listed according to owners Don and Becky Lansing. “We love the land and the field, but it is time for us to head to the locker room,” says Don, whose family has owned most of the property for over a century.

Situated in the middle of a cornfield, the main site of the movie "Field of Dreams" is a highly popular tourist destination, particularly for movie lovers and baseball fans. Millions of people from all over the world have visited since the movie premiered over 20 years ago.

The Field of Dreams real-estate package encompasses the actual movie site, including the baseball diamond, a two-bedroom, 1½-bath house featuring the movie’s familiar front porch, six outbuildings, and a parcel of land totaling 193 acres. Additional acreage may also be available.

Dyersville, the town closest to the site, is a northeastern Iowa town of approximately 4,000 people located a half-hour west of Dubuque. The city has benefited from the attraction, which provides a vital boost to the area’s economy.

Universal Studios had the baseball diamond built in just four days during the summer of 1988. Since that time, the Field’s owners have lovingly preserved it for guests to come and treasure – at no charge. In an effort to keep it pristine and agrarian-based, they have minimized commercialism and taken on much of the land’s care and maintenance themselves.

According to Becky Lansing, “It is not often that a movie site can actually become a destination – at least not one that is more than a lot on the Universal set or an existing landmark. The Field of Dreams was created for the movie 'Field of Dreams,' and it has pulled people to it for a plethora of reasons for more than two decades. It is a tangible piece of movie history and a beloved attraction. It is particularly unique in that visitors literally become a part of it as they tour – it’s not a hands-off piece of movie memorabilia that people can only view. It is also a tribute to the game of baseball and its important status within our national heritage. As owners of this field, we have heard some amazing stories.”

The movie "Field of Dreams" was named the sixth best film in the fantasy genre by the American Film Institute and its line, “If you build it, he will come,” lands at a solid #39 in the organization’s list of top 100 movie quotations. The movie was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Score at the 1989 Academy Awards.

Who will buy the Field of Dreams? Real estate consultant Ken Sanders, a former Major League Baseball player who is familiar with the property and overseeing the sale, isn’t making any predictions. “It would be easy to guess a baseball player, a movie buff, or even someone from the film’s cast. But the movie’s reach has been so widespread, potential buyers don’t necessarily fall within those demographics. It could end up being a non-profit organization, a land trust, or a foreign investor. We might all be surprised.”

Interested parties may contact Sanders about the property at (414) 803-4220 or e-mail him at kensanders20@gmail.com

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