New Field of Dreams Owners Vow to Preserve Field's Essence

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DYERSVILLE, Iowa - Just in time for the warm weather is opening day at The Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville. Mike and Denise Stillman are the new owners of the field and say visitors asked them to open earlier than the originally expected opening date, April 1st.

It's the same old picturesque scene. A pick up game of baseball between brothers,being brothers. A family enjoying a picnic lunch on the famous bleachers. A father and son sharing a special moment.

#rd Grade Student, Matthew Day said, "My parents thought it would be really fun for us to go here. And running around the bases because it's really fun. "

For more than two decades it's been moments like that, combined with the allure of Hollywood in middle of an Iowa cornfield, that keeps visitors coming back.

Father of five, John Whitehead said, "With the kids in the back of the van saying "there's the house, there's the house!". It was just magical. "

New owner, Denise Stillman says it's that magic they promise to preserve.

Stillman said, "Really the only way to enhance it is to have more people come and have more people enjoy it and respect it and embrace it. "

Plans are taking shape to create a nearby multi-field baseball and softball complex. It's a project aimed at grabbing a new generations attention. Visitors say they want what they've always wanted.

Baseball fan Kathy Michel said, "you can still drive up, walk the field and see it. It still looks the same and stays the same. "

It's the way it's always been, and Stillman says no matter the changes ahead, at the movie site, this is the way it will always be.

There is a group of people who oppose the All-Star Ballpark Heaven project. That group includes some neighbors who live near the field.
They say they don't believe building the sports complex in the middle of rich farmland is a good idea. They fear the development will ruin the integrity of this beloved movie site.

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