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Dyersville, Iowa, Selected As Second Site For New Northern League Baseball Team
Published August 19, 2013
IF YOU BUILD IT...: In Chicago, Phil Rogers noted Go the Distance has been "consulting with White Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard on plans for a 24-diamond site that will host youth baseball and softball tournaments." Evans said that the Stillmans have "committed to building a stadium that could accommodate 5,000 fans and would be used for amateur showcase events and the Northern League team." Evans said, "We're trying to do something a little bit different. ... This will make it a unique experience for baseball fans who love that movie. It was made in 1989, and people still identify with it. Just sending around photos, people say, 'There's the farmhouse, there's the cornfield.' It's going to be really cool" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 8/17). The AP noted Go the Distance is "scaling back initial construction plans" for the baseball complex. Dormitories for coaches and players have been "removed from the first construction phase, and the number of fields in the initial phase has been reduced from 12 to six." Stillman said that the facility will "open in time for the 2014 season." That also is the 25th anniversary of "Field Of Dreams" (AP, 8/16).