DYERSVILLE, Iowa — All eyes are on Dyersville, Iowa yet again this year as two Major League Baseball teams hit the Field of Dreams on Thursday, Aug 11. If you missed your chance last year, now is the time to witness this uniquely Iowan event.
Here's everything you need to know about the game, the movie and the legacy behind them both.
When is the 2022 MLB Field of Dreams game?
The Cubs and Reds game is set for 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Both teams are well under .500 and trying to avoid the bottom of the NL Central standings, but Iowa is home to countless fans of the historic franchises.
- Nick Madrigal, 2B
- Wilson Contreras, C
- Patrick Wisdom, 3B
- Seiya Suzuki, RF
- Nico Hoerner, SS
- Ian Happ, LF
- Nelson Velázquez, DH
- P.J. Higgins, 1B
- Christopher Morel, CF
- Jonathan India, 2B
- Nick Senzel, CF
- Kyle Farmer, 3B
- Joey Votto, 1B
- Donovan Solano, DH
- Albert Almora Jr., LF
- Aristides Aquino, RF
- Jose Barrero, SS
- Austin Romine, C
What's different this year?
In 2021, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees competed in a regular season game next to the historic filming site of the 1989 film, "Field of Dreams".
In the historic game, which marked the first regular season Major League game in Iowa, the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees, 9-8.
But the Cubs and Reds are not the only teams playing at the iconic location. This year, two Iowa-based Minor League teams—the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Quad City River Bandits— played at the field on Tuesday, Aug. 9.
The Quad Cities River Bandits beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 7-2 in the first-ever minor league Field of Dreams game.
Additionally, Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Cubs outfielder Ian Happ will be mic'd up for the game. They will be able to interact and communicate with broadcasters Joe Davis and John Smoltz.
Where will the game be played?
Like last year, the games will take place in an 8,000-seat ballpark in Dyersville, constructed specifically by the MLB to allow for events such as this one to take place.
The original Field of Dreams does not meet official MLB dimensions. However, the new field is connected to the original via a pathway through the cornfield.
How can I watch the game?
More information on tickets below.
Can I still get tickets?
Iowa residents had the first chance to buy one of the 8,000 tickets to the game.
While these prices may seem steep, ticket prices are down significantly from last year. In 2021, resale tickets went for $1,000 — the same amount as a ticket to the World Series.
Does this count as a regular-season game?
Yes. It replaces a Reds home game at Great American Ball Park.
How is Dyersville celebrating?
With thousands of visitors flocking to Dyersville, the city is hosting "Beyond the Game" events Monday, Aug. 8 through Friday, AUg. 12
The festivities-filled week will include an exhibit dedicated to the film, a movie night, concerts and more. There is even a viewing party for those who don't score tickets.
View the full schedule here.
Will this be an annual event?
2022 marks the second MLB game to take place at the Field of Dreams in two years, though there is still no official word that it will continue into the future.
"We're doing our best to try and help MLB host this," said Dyersville's then-mayor Jim Heavens last year. "This is their game, but we want to help them make it a success. And the other thing that we'd like to do is make it an annual event. I think it very well could be."