FIELD OF DREAMS: Development Scaled Back

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The Field of Dreams in Dyersville is yet to begin major construction and the owners are already scaling back plans.

The original proposal called for 24 baseball and softball fields with a dozen fields going up in the first phase of construction.

Now the owners, Go the Distance Baseball, say there will only be six fields when the facility, dubbed All-Star Ballpark Heaven, opens next year.

Plans for coach and player dormitories are also being pushed back.

According to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, owners say the changes are because they don’t want to, “overburden the hotel accommodation system.”

The lack of hotels wasn’t a worry when Go the Distance Baseball lobbied state lawmakers for funding.

Last year lawmakers approved a 10-year tax break for the facility.

Under the bill, the Field of Dreams would be able to keep any sales tax collected between January 1st of next year and January first of 2024 up to $16.5-million.

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