In July 2010, I wrote about the site from Field of Dreams being up for sale. Here's part of what I said in the post:
And is it just me, or does $5.4 million seem a bit "cheap" for a beautiful baseball field, on a farm, that has dead baseball legends playing on it? Even though it's located in Dyersville freaking Iowa, I feel like you could make that money back in no time. Charge admission and hold some awesome events there. People will most definitely come.
Well, the property was finally sold this week... for $3.4 million. So, a full $2 million less than that $5.4 million listing price.
Who bought it? Go the Distance Baseball LLC, an investor group that includes MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.
The group plans to turn the 193-acre site into a $38-million, 24-field youth baseball and softball complex known as All-Star Ballpark Heaven (a name that may even further confuse Shoeless Joe Jackson), and there will also be an indoor training center on site. I'm assuming that indoor training center will have batting cages, various hitting drill stations (soft toss, tees, etc.) pitching mounds, a weight room, and maybe a turf infield. Hey, maybe Boggs will even serve as a hitting and fielding instructor there on occasion too.
The group hopes that All-Star Ballpark Heaven will be ready to open in 2014. And I doubt it takes very long after that for the site to become one of the top baseball and softball tournament spots in the midwest.
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