PRESS RELEASE - America finally has proof there is baseball in Heaven. Independent league baseball is about to become part of the new development next to the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The Northern League, an independent professional league with a strong history in the Midwest, plans to bring a team to Northeast Iowa that will call All-Star Ballpark Heaven its home.
“We are truly excited about adding a franchise that will play at the new development near the iconic Field of Dreams Movie Site,” said Dan Evans, Northern League Commissioner and longtime baseball executive. “The combination of the area’s passion for baseball, a unique setting, and All-Star Ballpark Heaven’s strong commitment to youth baseball and softball is ideal, and such an incredible opportunity.”
“Field of Dreams is an international Iowa icon,” said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. “This is an exciting opportunity as the Field of Dreams site becomes a growing regional attraction.”
Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds added, “As the governor and I work toward our goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation, All-Star Ballpark Heaven provides a great recreational opportunity for Iowa families.”
“This is a tremendous addition to our new development,” says Denise Stillman, managing partner of Go the Distance Baseball, the investor group that owns the Field of Dreams and is financing the new facility. “When Dan contacted us about expanding with a Northern League franchise calling Ballpark Heaven its home, we were thrilled.”
Teams who participate in All-Star Ballpark Heaven week-long summer tournaments and training camps may have an opportunity to not only play at the same stadium that is home to the Northern League franchise, but also enjoy a game there with their families while in Northeast Iowa. The Field of Dreams Movie Site was built in 1988 in Dyersville, Iowa, by Universal Studios for the famous 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Dwier Brown and more.
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