In 2020, the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will turn one of the most iconic sports movies into reality.
And, no, it’s not Space Jam:
The #WhiteSox are excited to partner with @MLB to host the first-ever major-league game at the Field of Dreams in Iowa! This game will be against the New York Yankees on August 13, 2020. pic.twitter.com/hco3e6tCqu
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 8, 2019
Although I’m guessing that no ghosts from baseball history will emerge from the cornfield to partake in a pick-up game, the White Sox and Yankees will play an actual regular-season game at the filming location of the movie – which, is, in fact, in Iowa.
Indeed, after the film was shot in 1988, the makeshift field in Dubuque County was kept as a tourist attraction. While the MLB will not be able to hold an actual game at the original, smaller venue, the league plans to create an 8,000 seat ballpark right down the cornfield to allow more fans to come and watch.
With this game set for August 13, 2020, it will now become the first-ever MLB game played in the state of Iowa! The game is scheduled for first pitch at 6:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcasted nationally.
And when we say right down the cornfield, we mean right down the cornfield.
If you build it … pic.twitter.com/F3ydl0IQUo
— MLB (@MLB) August 8, 2019
The MLB plans to connect the new ballpark to the original location with a pathway straight through the cornfield.
The White Sox, being the staple team in the film, are an obvious choice for the inaugural game. Throw in the historic Yankees franchise, and you have yourself one heck of a game in the middle of nowhere. The MLB is clearly having their fun, already marketing the game, but we should probably point out that, yeah, Yankees… this ain’t it.
Anyway, if you want an opportunity to catch some baseball at the Field of Dreams before 2020, and you happen to be chilling in the Iowa area (because why not), the next Team of Dreams event is happening on September 1st.
A whole package of legendary players like Edgar Martinez, Andre Dawson, Wade Boggs, Vladimir Gurrero and Reggie Jackson will be hanging out all day at the ballpark. You can check out all that information here.
I guess after all these years, they were right. “If you build it, the MLB will come.”