Major League Baseball has announced tentative plans to stage its ‘Field of Dreams’ game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees at a temporary ballpark in Iowa next August.
MLB had initially planned on staging the game this year but was forced to postpone the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The game will be played at an 8,000-seat, purpose-built ballpark at the Iowa farm where the classic ‘Field of Dreams’ movie was shot.
In the 1989 film, the lead character, played by Kevin Costner, responds to a mysterious voice in the cornfields that says ‘if you build it, he will come’, and creates a baseball field at his farm. Ghosts of baseball legends from the past later emerge from the corn to play.
The real-life ‘Field of Dreams’ had been pencilled in for August 13 this year but MLB has now announced a revised date of August 12, 2021 for the fixture. It will mark the first-ever MLB game in the state of Iowa.
MLB said that plans for next year’s game will remain contingent upon the status of public health at the time, with the feasibility of ticket availability to be evaluated in the coming months.
MLB first revealed details of the game in August last year. When the league adopted a regional schedule for its amended 2020 regular season, the Yankees were replaced by the St. Louis Cardinals in the planned match-up against the White Sox before MLB later announced that it would not be possible to host the Field of Dreams game this year.
The 2021 MLB season is set to begin on April 1.
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