A summer camp is part of the ambitious plans a couple have to transform the site of the field the ghosts of dead baseball players visited in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams into a sprawling youth sports complex near Dyersville, Iowa.
“We’re going to do things like build a summer camp where kids from the inner city can come to Iowa and learn about how to be a great human being through sports,” Denise Stillman, of All-Star Ballpark Heaven, told CBS Chicago‘s Rob Elgas in a recent interview.
Stillman and her husband, Mark, reportedly closed on the purchase of the 200-acre parcel last week and plan to follow the “if you build it they will come” advice from the movie by building a youth sports complex with 24 baseball diamonds and 60 clubhouses.
The property had been owned outright by the Lansing family, which opened the site to the public and operated a souvenir stand, since 2007. Prior to that, the field was partially owned by neighboring property owners the Amerskamp family, who ran their own separate souvenir stand.