TORONTO — They’re building it.
And the Yankees are coming.
The White Sox, too.
Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that the two teams will play a regular season game next season on Aug. 13 in Dyersville, Iowa, at the site of the hit 1989 movie, "Field of Dreams."
The first regular season MLB game ever played in the state of Iowa will be considered a home game for the White Sox. Friday, Aug. 14 will be an off day, and the clubs will resume the three-game series Saturday in Chicago at Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the White Sox.
“I think it’s great,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Thursday before his team started a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. “It’s a special thing. I’m sure they’ll do a great job of getting it ready and kind of recreating it. Obviously, such an iconic movie, to go there I think it’s something that we’ll all start to look forward to next year.”
Construction on a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark on the Dyersville farm site is set to begin this month, according to MLB.
“A pathway through a cornfield will take fans to the ballpark, which will overlook the famous movie location,” MLB said in its news release announcing the game, called “MLB at Field of Dreams.”
“The right field wall will include windows to show the cornfields beyond the ballpark. Aspects of the ballpark’s design will pay homage to Chicago’s Comiskey Park, home of the White Sox from 1910 to 1990, including the shape of the outfield and bullpens beyond the center field fence.”
The movie, which starred Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones and Amy Madigan, is best known for Costner’s character, Ray Kinsella, building a baseball diamond in the middle of the cornfield on his farm after hearing a cryptic voice repeatedly tell him, “If you build it, he will come.”
Not surprisingly, the announcement went over well with players in the clubhouse.
“It was a movie I grew up watching,” Yankees reliever Zack Britton said. “I always thought it was pretty cool with the cornfields and stuff in the background like that. So it will be fun to see that field and obviously play on it. We’re going to pretty much play a major league game on a farm. I think that’s pretty cool.”
It will mark the second straight season the Yankees have participated in one of MLB’s specialty series. The Yankees played the Red Sox on June 29 and 30 this year in the London Series, which were the first big-league games played in Europe. The Cubs and Cardinals are scheduled to play in next year’s London Series.
“The Yankees organization is proud to participate in such a unique celebration of baseball,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “Field of Dreams captures the pure essence of baseball, and it continues to bring generations of fans — and families — together to embrace its timeless roots. It’s a distinct honor for us to showcase our great game in such an iconic and intimate setting while promoting the movie’s legacy. I fully expect that this experience will exemplify why baseball remains a cherished American pastime.”