Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania-based BrightView Holdings Inc. is going to help construct a real-life “Field of Dreams.” The 1989 movie that starred Kevin Costner as a farmer who turns his cornfield into a baseball field, and then plays catch with the ghost of his father and with Ty Cobb and other legendary players, is beloved by baseball fans.
Now, as announced by Major League Baseball, the movie will be coming to life. MLB and BrightView will build it, and the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees (and more than 8,000 lucky fans) will come.
Construction has begun on the ballpark at the Dyersville farm in Iowa, the site where the original movie was filmed.
“As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular-season game to the site of Field of Dreams,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in the league’s announcement of the game. “We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa.”
“It’s truly an honor to be part of this historic project and we are extremely excited to build and manage the field for the MLB game in Iowa,” says Murray Cook, president of BrightView Sports Turf. “Our team will install and perform all site work and construct the ballfield, bullpens, fencing and foul poles, as well as oversee the installations of the backstop net and various player-related areas.”
The stadium design will pay homage to Comiskey Park, once home to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, by having the bullpens located behind the centerfield wall.
The Aug. 13, 2020 game between the White Sox and Yankees will also be the first MLB game to be played in Iowa.
Fans will have the chance to walk along a pathway through the cornfields and by the original “Field of Dreams” movie site before arriving at the newly constructed temporary ballpark.
A special project like this is nothing new for BrightView, a provider of commercial landscaping services. It’s also the Official Field Consultant to Major League Baseball.
The company was tasked with converting historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania from a minor-league field up to major-league standards for the Little League Classic in 2017. Similar to the “MLB at Field of Dreams” project was the 2016 Fort Bragg Game, where a temporary stadium was built for a special game honoring military service members, veterans and their families.
The company has also worked on other MLB games, such as the 2019 London Series, the 2019 season opener in Japan, and the historic exhibition game in Havana, Cuba.