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Field of Dreams purchaser raises money in Spencer

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Field of Dreams is seeking statewide funding.
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The movie, "Field of Dreams," is famous for the line, "If you build it, they will come." Now potential new owners of the site where the field remains, might be saying, "If you invest in it, they will come."

Instead of the players from the past coming back to play baseball, this time the "they" would refer to little league baseball and softball players.

Denise Stillman, president and CEO of Go the Distance Baseball, LLC, is currently traveling around the state of Iowa to try and secure funding for a multi-million dollar project that would preserve the original movie site as well as add a 24 baseball and softball field complex for youth teams. On Wednesday, Stillman was in Spencer to raise money for the project.

"We have had a $16.5 million tax bill approved by the state to purchase the site," Stillman said. "We are just showing people around the state the investment they could make."

The original movie site is still up and running in Dryserville, but as Stillman explains, the owners are looking to retire and want Go the Distance to take over the site.

"The movie site is 23 years old," Stillman said. "The owners are looking for someone to step up and purchase the site. The original owners are looking to retire."

Even though the corn field-flanked ball facility and possible future baseball complex is located on the other side of the state from Spencer, it still needs Iowan support in order to work.

"We are looking for Iowa money," Stillman said. "As a part of the tax bill we have to have 51 percent of the money raised to come from Iowa corporations and investors."

Stillman said that this is a great opportunity for Iowans to invest in the site, and also to keep a part of the personal pride of the state for everyone.

"This impacts all of Iowa," Stillman said. "The biggest part is that this is a point of pride of the state. If people ask you where you are from and you tell them that you are from Iowa they might be like, 'oh where the field of dreams is' and that is something we want to keep alive. Iowa equals the field of dreams."

If all the funding gets approved and the site purchased by Go the Distance then the new ball parks along with the preserved movie site would be operational by summer 2014, Stillman explained.

More information can found about the project at allstarballparkheaven.com, or information about the field of dreams as it runs right now can be found at fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com.

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I fail to see the attraction of this

-- Posted by Ervserver on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 10:43 AM

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