How awesome is this!
The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees will play an actual, real live, regular season baseball game in Dyersville, Iowa in 2020, the filming location for the iconic baseball movie.
The game is scheduled for August 13th, 2020. A temporary 8,000-seat ballpark will be built in the corn on the Dyersville farm site where the film was staged.
— MLB (@MLB) August 8, 2019
From MLB.com –
The design of the ballpark in Dyersville, including the shape of the outfield and the bullpens beyond the center-field fence, will pay homage to Comiskey Park, which was home of the White Sox from 1910-90. The right-field wall will include windows to show the cornfields beyond the ballpark, which will overlook the movie set.
Fans attending the game will walk along a pathway through a cornfield, before the corn clears and reveals the sparkling diamond, equal parts heaven and Iowa, the birthplace of Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Cap Anson, Dave Bancroft, Fred Clarke, Red Faber and Dazzy Vance.
It’s clear why the Sox were chosen for this game, given the prominent role the team had in the movie. I can only imagine the Yankees were chosen for their storied history…and their national following, of course.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) August 8, 2019
This will be played on a Thursday and be broadcast on Fox. That’s important because, according to a source who works in the sports ticketing business, tickets for this event will probably not be made available to the public. We shall see on that!
It will be considered a White Sox home game before a day off on Friday. The two teams will be back at The ‘Rate on Saturday and Sunday to finish the series.
Well, I know what I want for my birthday next year!