Field Of Dreams Has Been Sold

Field Of Dreams Sold – The sprawling eastern Iowa cornfields that were made famous by the movie “Field of Dreams” are being sold to a company that will preserve the site’s baseball legacy, the owners announced Sunday. Don and Becky Lansing said they have accepted an offer from Mike and Denise Stillman and their company, Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which will develop the site near Dyersville as a baseball and softball complex.

A purchase price was not disclosed.

“We worked hard to maintain its wholesome allure, and our success says a lot about our nation’s love affair with its national pastime,” Becky Lansing said in a statement. “It truly is a special place.”

The land has been in Don Lansing’s family since 1906. The couple put the property up for sale at $5.4 million in May 2010. The parcel includes the two-bedroom house, baseball diamond, six other buildings and 193 acres — mostly cornfields, from the movie.

The film, released in 1989, was based on the book “Shoeless Joe” by W.P. Kinsella and starred Kevin Costner. The site has been a popular tourist destination ever since. The Lansings said earlier this year that they had gotten several inquiries about the site but were committed to finding a buyer that would preserve its legacy.

The Stillmans’ plan for the property includes preservation of the existing buildings and development of “All-Star Ballpark Heaven,” described as a complex for baseball and softball tournaments and an indoor training facility. Go the Distance plans to offer tournaments for teams of players ages 18 and younger, professional-style training and skills competitions.

As for the Lansings, even though the property is sold, they will live a few miles away from a site they’ve called “dreams” for many years. They also promise to make regular visit, “especially in summer when the corn is high. That’s when the field is most magical,” Don Lansing said.

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