DYERSVILLE, Iowa — In “Field of Dreams,” Kevin Costner’s character
builds a baseball diamond out of a corn field after a voice tells him:
“If you build it, he will come.”
Well, now he can buy it and so
can anyone else.
Don and Becky Lansing, the owners of the site
near Dyersville where the field was built by Universal Studios, said
Thursday they’re selling the property. The asking price is $5.4 million.
Lansing family property used in the movie ‘Field of Dreams” is now for
The couple said they love the land, which has
been in Don Lansing’s family for more than a century, but they’re ready
to retire and give up the property.
“It’s really time for us to
head to the locker room. Maybe that sounds corny. I don’t care,” Becky
Lansing told The Associated Press. “We really would just love to become
spectators. We want to sit in the bleachers. We want to look forward to
all that the ‘Field of Dreams’ will become in the future.”
“Field of Dreams” is in the middle of a cornfield in eastern Iowa. The
movie, released in 1989 with Costner as its star, was based on the book
“Shoeless Joe” by W.P. Kinsella.
The site has been a popular
tourist destination, with the family maintaining the baseball diamond
built by Universal. The Lansings purchased the left field and center
portions from neighbor Rita Ameskamp in 2007, ending a long-standing
split over the commercialization of the site.
Up for sale is the
diamond, a two-bedroom house, six outbuildings that include a concession
stand, and a 193-acre parcel. The land includes the mystical cornfield
where the ghosts of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, “Moonlight” Graham and
others emerge to play ball.
Former major league pitcher Ken
Sanders, now a real estate consultant overseeing the sale, said he’s
already received a number of inquiries about the property.
said the majority of those who’ve reached out have shown interest in
preserving the property. But he’s also heard from people thinking about
putting up a hotel, water park and even some contemplating whether to
build a minor league ballpark on the site.
There’s little doubt,
though, that the property’s iconic place in sports movie history will
help its resale value.
“We are the caretakers of a living piece of
sports memorabilia,” Becky Lansing said. “This is an organic, living,
breathing piece of memorabilia.”
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press