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Wade Boggs among investors who purchase Field of Dreams site, plan to turn it into a youth sports complex

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Well, it actually looks like he will build it, and they will come.

The 193 acres of Iowa farmland featured in the 1989 film Field of Dreams officially sold for $3.4 million to Go the Distance Baseball LLC, an investment group led by Chicago-area couple Mike and Denise Stillman and featuring Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.

The five-time American League batting champ -- whose celebrity has reached mythical proportions in recent years as a result of his beer-drinking prowess, dance moves at Oklahoma City Thunder games and lion-killing ways on safari in Africa -- and his fellow investors plan to begin construction on a massive youth sports complex called All-Star Ballpark Heaven this spring and will host tournament games as soon as 2014.

However, local landowners filed a petition in Iowa District Court in hopes of halting the development, citing "irreparable harm," and proceedings on that matter begin next week, according to a Dubuque Telegraph-Herald report.

Previous owners Don and Becky Lansing originally listed the property for $5.4 million two years ago, according to the Des Moines Register.

“Certainly this is a momentous time for both Donnie and I,” Becky Lansing said Tuesday through a news release. “We have been preparing for this sale for a few years, and our family, including Donnie’s sister Betty Boeckenstedt, will continue to be a part of the movie site through the transition with the new owners and, likely, beyond."

Over the past year, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and the Dyersville, Iowa City Council approved $21.6 million in tax breaks for the youth sports complex, which will include 12 baseball fields and cost an estimated $38 million.

As a result, the local landowners filed their petition in court. In response, a countersuit has been filed against them for potentially interfering with those tax incentives.

No word on whether Boggs will invoke Kevin Costner's character from Field of Dreams in court: "This is my corn. You people are guests in my corn."

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An investment group that includes Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs closed on the $3.4 million sale of the Field of Dreams movie site -- AP

An investment group that includes Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs closed on the $3.4 million sale of the Field …

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