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The ‘Field of Dreams’ diamond in Iowa damaged by a vandal

In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, teams play at the “Field of Dreams” during a tournament in Dyersville, Iowa.
In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, teams play at the “Field of Dreams” during a tournament in Dyersville, Iowa. The Associated Press

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this story is that it’s not the first time it’s happened.

Hard to believe, but the baseball diamond in Dyersville, Iowa, where the movie “Field of Dreams” was shot, was damaged when someone apparently drove a vehicle over it.

Al Steffen, who is field manager for the site, told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that the damage was substantial.

“There are gashes up to 4 inches deep in the outfield,” Steffen told the newspaper. “Whoever did it was really able to dig in.”

The 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” starred Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan and James Earl Jones. When filming ended, the field stayed open and has drawn as many as 70,000 people per year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“It’s become a lot more than a baseball field,” Costner told The Times. “It’s a mecca.”

That feeling was apparently not held by the vandal.

An TV affiliate in Iowa shared this photo on Twitter:

Steffen said this was not the first time a person has driven onto the field. But warmer weather and rainy conditions made this incident worse.

Denise Stillman, who owns the site, told the Telegraph Herald that the damage was found on Tuesday morning. She believes it will cost thousands of dollars to repair the field and it could take an entire season until the field is back to its normal state.

“A lot of people travel (from) all over the world to come see the Field of Dreams, and they don’t always check Facebook to make sure we are open,” Stillman said. “We’ll just have to keep operating as is.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to repair the field. The goal is to raise $15,000.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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