Iowa and the Dyersville area drew national attention with last week’s “Field OF Dreams” game. Dyersville’s mayor James Heavens says the impact it has had on the state is a good thing.
(as said)”the people of Iowa are very aware of this game and I think they are proud it as Iowans . it is kind of an Iowa strong, Iowa cornfield type of thing,”
Heavens has been mayor in two different stints totaling 14 years. He says the movie site is something unique.
(as said)”You know when you go out to the Field of Dreams it’s like everybody’s barriers around them drop. I mean you can go up to somebody and say ‘Hey where are you from,’…And they’ll tell you their whole life story, it’s like all of their defenses drop when they are out there and it’s like one big neighborhood almost,”
Heavens says it is good to see the movie site back in the national spotlight, which he said had kind of dropped off until new owners took over with improvement plans.
(as said)”For many years the Field of Dreams was kind of just there,” according to Heavens, “it wasn’t a big economic engine for the city or the county. But it did attract 60-thousand visitors per year,”
Heavens says he turned down tickets to the game but watched it on a TV outside of the stadium.
(as said)”They offered a couple of tickets to the mayor and the city council and I elected to not take one because there’s a lot of people who really, really wanted to go to that game. And if they can take my seat — so much the better,”
The Field Of Dreams game was the highest rated regular season game for MLB in 16 years. MLB has announced plans to bring the game back in 2022. Heavens says he would especially be interested in seeing the Cubs and Cardinals play their in the future.