Jan 2, 2013, 10:09 AM EST
We knew that if we waited long enough, real estate agents and attorneys would emerge from that corn field. And of course Wade Boggs. Yes, the sale of the Dyersville, Iowa property where Field of Dreams was filmed has finally been completed. The field where right-handed Shoeless Joe Jackson and Kevin Costner played catch and chewed the fat (and corn) had been sold by its original owners, Don and Becky Lansing, to the investors group Go the Distance Baseball LLC, in 2011. And that group includes Boggs.
But the big news is that Boggs and Go the Distance is going to turn the property into a 24-field youth baseball and softball complex. Snack bars! Parking lot! Restrooms with diaper-changing stations! Just as author W.P. Kinsella envisioned it.
The final price was $3.4 million plus interest. It was listed for $5.4 million more than two years ago when it went on the market.
Construction is expected to begin this spring, with the first tournament games scheduled for 2014.
Not everyone is thrilled. Neighboring property owners took the Dyersville City Council to court to try and stop the project (a judge sided with the owners), and another lawsuit is pending.
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