Iowa fans are jumping for tickets to the 2022 Field of Dreams game

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Ed Whitver watched the 2021 Major League Baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox in amazement at the site of the movie “Field of Dreams.”

Whitver was blown away by star actor Kevin Costner’s touching tribute, the memorable and biting play between two historic franchises and the awe-inspiring surroundings that August night in Dyersville.

“Everything was perfect,” Whitver said. “So it was like, ‘Oh, we have to do everything we can to get there'” in 2022.

Whitver gets his shot.

The Grimes native and father of former Iowa State football player and current Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver was one of the lucky winners of an MLB lottery organized for Iowa. The winners learned on Wednesday night that they had won a chance to win tickets to the 2022 game.

Tickets for the game are $375 each for two tickets, plus $76 in fees, for a total of $826. This price includes a parking card.

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The lottery, which began earlier in the month, required an Iowa ZIP code to register and potentially buy tickets for this year’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11.

The game will be played in a purpose-built stadium near the original diamond built for the 1989 film. In the beloved film, Costner played an Iowa farmer who plowed his corn to build a baseball field for Shoeless Joe. Jackson and other White Sox members banned from 1919. The site instantly became a tourist attraction – and it continues to be.

The Dubuque County site garnered more interest last year when MLB brought the White Sox and Yankees to play in a nationally televised game. The night couldn’t have been scripted better, with Costner exiting the cornfield, followed by members of both teams. Iowa’s perfect night ended with Tim Anderson hitting a cornfield home run for the White Sox.

While Fox Sports officials hope to replicate another one-show grand slam when the Cubs and Reds play, it will be a challenge to repeat the excitement of last year’s game. But fans like Whitver still want to be part of the festivities this time around.

“I just don’t know how they could do better,” Whitver said. “But I’m sure they’ll find something.”

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Whitver said he received a notification Wednesday evening that he was a lottery winner. This gave him a chance to buy two tickets from Thursday.

Josh Smith, who commutes back and forth between his residences in Parkersburg, Iowa, and Beavercreek, Ohio, received the same message when he was notified he had won.

The costs were more than worth it for Smith, a Cubs fan who also won the ticket lottery last year and attended the 2021 game. The winners, including Smith, were told they had until at noon Friday to purchase tickets. Those who did not win Wednesday’s lottery have been advised that MLB will have additional draws at later dates for tickets.

“It shouldn’t be that hard to win, but I’ve been looking on Twitter and people are saying they haven’t even seen a winner,” Smith said. “I don’t know why. I don’t know how.”

But after last season’s masterpiece and with his beloved Cubbies arriving in Iowa, Smith figured he’d roll the dice and see if he could win again.

“I wasn’t a fan of either team, but you couldn’t have asked for a better scenario,” Smith said of last season’s game.

Tommy Birch, the Register’s sports entrepreneur and featured reporter, has worked at the newspaper since 2008. He is Iowa’s 2018 and 2020 Sports Writer of the Year. Contact him at [email protected] or 515-284-8468. Follow him on Twitter @TommyBirch.


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