The iconic cornfields from the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" will soon transform into a baseball park for the masses. Baseball Hall of Famer and Tampa-native Wade Boggs is backing a project to mold the movie set into a baseball compound for kids across the country.
Boggs recently visited the Iowa site, which will be named All Star Ball Park Heaven.
"It was a very goosebump moment. It was freezing cold and you can envision the old Hall of Famers standing there and coming out of the cornfield. It really sets you back," Boggs said Thursday.
Boggs and members of a Chicago-based investment group just purchased the plot of Midwest farmland for $3.4 million. Development plans include two dozen baseball fields, an indoor training facility, and lodging around the original movie set.
"The kids will walk through the cornfield to their various fields. So we're going to keep the dynamics of the movie and parts like that," Boggs said.
The complex will host teams from dugouts across the country, with hopes of holding its first tournaments as soon as 2014.
"I think it would be huge for youth baseball," said Clyde Keller of the Tampa-based traveling team, the Florida Makos.
Keller is excited to see where Boggs takes the project.
"It's immediate credibility. He's going to put his name on something he really believes in and really trusts and make it a first class facility. I think that goes a long way towards their success ultimately," Keller said Thursday.
As for Boggs, he says he's certain those waving cornfields will produce more than a major motion picture.
"This is going to be where future Hall of Famers dreams start," he said.
Crews are scheduled to break ground on All Star Ball Park Heaven in just a few weeks. The compound is already accepting registration for 2014 tournaments.
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