Inside the numbers that it takes to create Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa

DYERSVILLE — All eyes in the baseball world will once again be on rural Dyersville this week. The Iowa town and its specially constructed stadium located near the diamond from the iconic 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" will host a big-league game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Building and maintaining the park, which hosted a game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees last season, hasn't been easy. And it requires tons of effort and resources. BrightView, MLB's official field consultant, handled construction of the park and provided this week these numbers behind the process of maintaining and building it.

Take a look:

MLB's specially constructed stadium will host the Reds and Cubs Thursday.


Number of core team members


Volunteer tarp crew members


Acres of corn that surround the ballfield


Yards between the movie site diamond to the big-league field


Pounds of grass seed used to overseed the field


Tons of pea gravel installed under the turf


Tons of sand installed under the turf


Cubic yards of material moved to build the ballpark


Square feet of sod

Tommy Birch, the Register's sports enterprise and features reporter, has been working at the newspaper since 2008. He's the 2018 and 2020 Iowa Sportswriter of the Year. Reach him at or 515-284-8468. Follow him on Twitter @TommyBirch.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Inside the numbers it takes to create Field of Dreams game in Iowa