Plans Taking Shape at Field of Dreams

The Field of Dreams Movie Site near Dyersville taken on August 24, 2010. (Cliff Jette/Sourcemedia Group News)

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By Aaron Hepker

DYERSVILLE, Iowa - Dreams for what could be at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville are moving toward reality. Last month, we told you the field’s new owners plan to build an elite sports training complex next to the movie site.

Those plans are starting to take shape as local leaders are now looking for ways to fund the multi-million dollar project.

The iconic movie site could soon serve as the back drop for a new baseball/softball training complex for kids. City leaders expect it to bring thousands more visitors to the field each summer.

“When you bring that many people to town all summer, it’s almost going to double the size of the town when the people are here." Dyersville Mayor Jim Heavens calls it a high risk, high reward project. Heavens estimated the project to last somewhere around $22 million. That money would come from a combination of sources: the new owners, private investors, local tax dollars and state funding. " "It’s going to help the hotel motel business, the restaurants, gas stations. All the things."

Heavens says tax-payers would be on the hook for the city’s cost to install sewer and water lines out to the field. The first step in this project will be later this month when the new owners are scheduled to meet with Governor Branstad to talk about the possibility of state funding for the project.

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