CATEGORIES Movie NewsThe field from 'Field of Dreams' has been sold. But fear not, baseball diehards: the patch of land in Iowa made famous in the 1989 film is going to big fans of the movie, who plan to keep the field Kevin Costner built untouched. The name of their company: Go the Distance Baseball L.L.C. Even though it's privately owned, the site has attracted 65,000 visitors a year without any promotion and has always been free to all comers. It's not clear if the free admission will continue as the new owners plan to build more baseball fields on the 193-acre farm.
Current owner Don Lansing was born on the farm that includes the field; it has been in his family for over a century. As his wife Becky told the NY Times, "We have done what we needed to do with the field. We nurtured and protected it and allowed the field to become all it is meant to be." The Lansings, who tended the grounds, gave tours and sold souvenirs over the years, held out for a buyer who would preserve the authenticity of the field.
The new owners, Mike and Denise Stillman plan to do just that, keeping the famous field as is, but adding several others and an indoor center for youth baseball and softball tournaments.
Lansing said it's bittersweet saying goodbye to the field: "I never really dreamt people would come, just like they say in the movie," he said. "I have a lot of affection for the place. I'm not in it for the money. I'm in it for the fun. My fun is over, and I'm ready to move on."
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