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Going the Distance in Dyersville
DYERSVILLE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – In Dyersville, there’s a place some think is heaven.
“You get that good tingly feeling when you’re out here,” said Harry Humyak, who made the trip to Iowa from Chicago.
“The people believed in the Field of Dreams,” said Detroit resident David Malhalab.
In December, the field, house and waves of corn past right field were bought by Go the Distance Baseball LLC, a private investment group in Chicago.
When the field was built, the idea was, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ Over two decades later, that’s still the plan.
“The thought is to continue on the thought from the movie and give a place for more kids to come and play every year,” said President of Go the Distance Denise Stillman.
Construction already began on a complex to host baseball and softball tournaments. With private money, the plan is to eventually have a 24-field complex that would run week-long tournaments for 13 weeks during the summer.
Dyersville would profit through things like property and sales tax and local businesses would also enjoy an even larger clientele.
“When you have additional visitors to the community like that, everybody benefits,” said Executive Director of the Dyersville Economic Development Corporation Jacque Rahe.
There’s been some push back from groups in town, but with construction already started, all Dyersville can do is watch.
“With change always comes resistance,” said Stillman.
“The alternative might be that the field is not here,” said Rahe. “Which is something that nobody wants to see.”