Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs to Play MLB Field of Dreams Game in 2022

The Reds will take the field in Dyersville, Iowa, where the iconic 1989 baseball film "Field of Dreams" took place.

click to enlarge Kevin Costner in 1989's "Field of Dreams" - Image: YouTube video still
Image: YouTube video still
Kevin Costner in 1989's "Field of Dreams"

It looks like the Cincinnati Reds will be part of one of the most beloved events in baseball next year.

Multiple reports say that the Reds will take on the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball's Field of Dreams game in 2022. NBC Sports Chicago first reported the story on Aug. 16, saying that the teams would head to Dyersville, Iowa, for the second-ever MLB game based on the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams.

Later, Ben Verlander of Fox Sports tweeted that the 2022 game had been confirmed.

The Reds and Cubs reportedly will battle it out in Iowa on Aug. 11, though NBC Sports Chicago says that MLB still needs to finalize details. 

The Field of Dreams game is a regular-season matchup that counts toward season totals. But instead of taking place within one of the teams' stadiums, it's played at the Iowa filming site of the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. In the movie, Costner builds a baseball field on his land that draws the ghosts of legendary baseball players.

The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs will play at a stadium constructed specifically for MLB games. According to Wikipedia, "The field constructed for the movie, which has been operated as a tourist destination since 1989, could not be brought to MLB game standards without permanently altering major features of the property and destroying its movie authenticity, so it was decided to build a separate playing facility at a distance of approximately 500 ft (150 m) in the cornfields."

The first Field of Dreams game was to have been played by the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals in 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Sox played the New York Yankees in Iowa on Aug. 12 of this year, marking the first time that an MLB game had been staged within the state. Costner and the two teams walked out of the nearby cornfield as a tribute to the iconic movie scene. The White Sox won 9-8, and the highly anticipated game drew 5.9 million viewers.

The Reds and Cubs are presently wrapping up a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. On Aug. 16, Reds first baseman Joey Votto smashed his 2,000th major-league hit off of Cubs reliever Michael Rucker. The teams are tied for the series, with the third game to be played Wednesday afternoon.

Below, watch a clip from Field of Dreams.

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