Check Your Inbox, Iowans. Did Your Field Of Dreams Come True?

Written By Russ Mitchell on August 3, 2021 - Last Updated on July 22, 2022
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Field of Dreams tickets were as elusive as answers from that mysterious voice out in the Iowa cornfields.

Major League Baseball updated lottery ticket applicants Aug. 1 about the Aug. 12 game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. The game celebrates the 1989 sports fantasy flick with a game at the movie backdrop near Dyersville.

Only Iowans could apply for the Field of Dreams lottery tickets.

MLB randomly selected ticket applications from Iowa ZIP codes for a chance to buy seats for the game. PlayIA received its “Dear John” letter from the MLB just after 4 p.m. Monday:

“Unfortunately, your entry was not selected for an opportunity to purchase tickets for the MLB at Field of Dreams game. We appreciate your interest. Your entry will continue to be included in any additional random ticket purchase opportunity drawings that take place if additional tickets become available.”

Some of the successful applicants won’t remember to check their email. Others may decide not to buy Field of Dreams tickets. That means a few ticket chances might come loose like a hot dog bite after help from “Moonlight” Graham.

Field of Dreams tickets are mobile, so plan ahead

Iowans registered for a chance to buy tickets during a July 16-23 window. If you received the good news on Monday, you will need to verify your email and download the MLB Ballpark app to access the mobile tickets.

If you are a lucky winner, remember:

  • Your tickets need to be ordered by Tuesday, Aug. 3, according to MLB’s Field of Dreams page.
  • With purchase, you get two tickets to the game and a parking pass as part of a “ticket strip.”
  • Baseball won’t accept PDF printouts or screenshots of the tickets/pass.
  • You will need to verify your email and update the MLB Ballpark app before arrival.
  • Those who receive forwarded tickets should have Apple Wallet or Google Play.

Yankees vs. White Sox Field of Dreams odds

Those who won Field of Dreams ticket opportunities will get a chance to see the first Major League Baseball game ever played in Iowa.

If you are not a winner, you can still bet on the Field of Dreams at Iowa sportsbooks because it’s considered a regular-season MLB game.

Here are the latest Field of Dreams odds at legal Iowa sportsbooks:


Both teams added at the MLB trade deadline

The White Sox and Yankees both made significant roster upgrades to boost their 2021 World Series odds.

Chicago picked up closer Craig Kimbrel and RHP Ryan Tepera from the crosstown Cubs. They added 2B Cesar Hernandez from the Indians.

The Yankees added left-handed power at the deadline with the acquisitions of RF Joey Gallo from the Rangers and 1B Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs. They picked up LHP Andrew Heaney as a rotation option from the Angels. Lefty reliever Joely Rodriguez also came over as part of the Gallo trade as well.

Both teams now have top-five odds to win the American League pennant:


About the MLB Field of Dreams game

The Field of Dreams movie site is about 70 miles east of Waterloo or about 25 miles west of Dubuque near Dyersville.

The Aug. 12 Field of Dreams game schedule looks like this:

  • 2 p.m. — Parking gates open
  • 3 p.m. — Ballpark gates open
  • 6:15 p.m. — First pitch on Fox

Field of Dreams earned a 1990 Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. MLB planned the game a year ago. It would have coincided with the 30th anniversary of the movie’s Oscar nomination.

Plans in 2020 paired the White Sox with the St. Louis Cardinals. MLB scrubbed last year’s game due to pandemic logistics, however.

Photo by Charlie Neibergall / AP
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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