Iowa’s Field of Dreams site expected $80 million for sports tourism development
We have a major sports tourism project underway as the iconic Field of Dreams site in Dyersville, IA is slated for an $80 million multi-phase development adding more land and amenities to the film location.
The plan, unveiled by Go Away Baseball, LLCyesterday is not entirely new–the late Denise Stillman and his partners had sought investors for such a development before his death, but the exact scope of the project is new and goes beyond Stillman’s original vision.
The original 190-acre farm will be the base for the development, complemented by the addition of nearly 100 additional acres to the west. The first phase of the project, which will be installed largely on the new ground, will include nine new pitches, a dormitory for young players and a new hotel. It is currently scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. The existing cinema site will remain intact, while the temporary ballpark base built for the 2021 Field of Dreams Yankees/White Sox event will be expanded to become a permanent installation.
Additional phases, expected to be completed in 2025, will include a concert amphitheater, an RV park, a 100,000 square foot FieldHouse, and a park for adults and children with disabilities.
Some household names are associated with the project, including Hall of Famer Frank ThomasCEO of Go the Distance Baseball and industry veteran Dan Evans, Deputy CEO of the group. Evans, former CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgershad previously been a consultant for Go the Distance Baseball.
“I’m grateful for everything the game of baseball has given me throughout my career, and now I’m proud and excited to lead a team that creates opportunities for players, fans and families to enjoy. our national pastime and for teams to train and compete,” Thomas said in a press release.
This development jumps on a big trend: sports tourism equipment. This is a trend we are watching closely; we might have a surprise or two on this topic in the near future.
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