DYERSVILLE, IA (WTAQ) - Kevin Costner and the rest of the "Field of Dreams" cast will reunite on Father's Day weekend at the beloved filming site 25 miles west of the Wisconsin border.
It's the 25th anniversary of the classic baseball movie, filmed on a farm near Dyersville Iowa. And despite a plan to develop the site, it's still very much like we saw it back in 1989 -- a simple diamond with tall corn as the outfield fence, and a farmhouse with a small set of bleachers nearby.
Thousands of baseball fans have toured the site, run around the bases, and played games there.
In 2010, Dan and Becky Lansing retired as farmers and sold the property to Mike and Denise Stillman, with the help of a real estate firm headed by former Milwaukee Brewers' pitcher Ken Sanders.
The Stillmans had to preserve the classic diamond -- but they planned to develop the rest of the site with 24 ball fields, a practice dome, and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. It was a $74 million project, in which the Stillmans agreed to pay $3 million to extend utilities from Dyersville while getting 10 years of Iowa sales tax rebates.
The Des Moines Register recently reported that area residents were so upset, they voted out Dyersville Mayor Jim Heavens and filed suit over a re-zoning of the site.
The first youth baseball games were to be played on the new fields this year -- but construction and financing delays have pushed the opening back to 2015.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)