Field of Dreams damaged by vandals

Movie site to remain open during repairs

By Troy Sepion

The baseball field from the movie "Field of Dreams" was vandalized on Jan. 22, 2018, KWWL-TV reports.

DYERSVILLE, Iowa - The baseball field from the 1989 Kevin Costner film "Field of Dreams" was damaged Monday night after someone drove through the wet turf, tearing it up, KWWL-TV reported.

A driver plowed through the pitching mound, slid through third base, did a doughnut in the outfield, drove back to second before leaving, the KWWL report said.

Denise Stillman owns the Field of Dreams Movie Site and found the damage Tuesday morning.

"Someone who is disturbed had some agenda to damage the field," Stillman told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

Northeastern Iowa, where the field is located, received heavy rain and warm temperatures Sunday into Monday before temperatures dropped on Monday night, KWWL reported.

"There are gashes four inches deep in the outfield," field manager Al Steffen said in the Herald report. "Whoever did it was really able to dig in."

Damage was also done to the sprinkler system, according to KWWL. Many sprinkler heads in the outfield were broken and it's possible the main line of the system was too.

The Field of Dreams Movie Site posted pictures on its Facebook page reporting the damage.

"We cannot fathom why a soul on this planet would desecrate this holy ground," the post said. "We pray for whomever did this to our special place that they find peace in their hearts."



Steffen told KWWL that he'll have to wait for the ground to thaw before fixing the damage. He said it's the worst vandalism in the field's 30-year history.

Stillman told the Telegraph Herald the baseball field will remain open to the public.

"A lot of people travel (from) all over the world to come see the Field of Dreams," Stillman said. "We'll just have to keep operating as is."

Stillman started a GoFundMe page to help with the repair costs.

KWWL reported the cost to repair the damage is estimated to be in the thousands and that only the buildings on the property are covered by insurance.

Field officials said they weren't able to identify the vehicle and that they have no security cameras.

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