CHICAGO — They bought it, and now they hope even more people will come.
An investor group led by an Illinois couple has completed its purchase of the famed “Field of Dreams” movie site in Iowa with plans to preserve it and build an adjacent baseball training and tournament complex. The 193-acre property includes the field and farmhouse made famous in the 1989 Kevin Costner baseball classic.
Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which counts baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs among its investors, closed on the Dyersville, Iowa, property last week for $3.4 million plus interest in a controversial deal that was more than two years in the making.
All-Star Ballpark Heaven is scheduled to open with 12 fields and 60 team “clubhouses” for lodging in 2014, before doubling the number of each by 2017. Once complete, the complex will also include a community center, banquet facilities and an auditorium.
The site attracts an estimated 65,000 visitors per year.