The baseball teams at Luther College and Briar Cliff University are delighted to announce that they will be the first college teams to play at the iconic site from the original film Field of Dreams in Dyersville.
This historic match will take place on September 16, 2022. Briar Cliff University seized the opportunity and invited Luther College as their opponent.
“We are delighted that our student-athletes, along with Briar Cliff’s, are the first collegiate players to take on the Field of Dreams, a field like no other, known to inspire and evoke emotions,” said Renae Hartl, director of the ‘intercollegiate athletics at Luther College. “We are very grateful that Briar Cliff University has given enough thought to our institution, our athletic program and its members to include us in this momentous event.”
Field of Dreams became a notable landmark in Iowa after the film’s release in 1989. Released by Universal Pictures, the film starred Kevin Costner and became an Oscar nominee for Best Picture of the Year. Major League Baseball hosted a Yankees vs. White Sox game at the site in August this year, the first-ever regular-season game to be played in Iowa. The match featured special guest Costner himself and drew over 5.9 million viewers.
The match between Briar Cliff University and Luther College on September 16 will take place at the film’s site.
“Playing on the Field of Dreams is something our players probably never thought they had the chance to do. As they run around this iconic field and feel their spikes sink into the dirt, this game will no doubt stir up emotions and bring them back to the reasons they play baseball, a sport that has created so many opportunities for them. all of us, and this Unique Opportunity is no different, ”said Bryan Nikkel, head coach of baseball at Luther College. While the focus is on creating a memorable student-athlete experience, Nikkel says it will be more than a baseball game. “We want this to be a celebration for the student-athletes, alumni, friends and family of the program. This is an opportunity to showcase the two colleges and the two programs, while coming together to enjoy the present moment.
“To paraphrase an oft-repeated phrase from the film, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ Briar Cliff is proud to be going to the Field of Dreams, ”said Corby McGlauflin, Briar Cliff University Head Baseball Coach,“ and we are thrilled to help make this dream come true for our students, fans and fans. old students.
Luther College ended its spring 2021 season with a 32-16 record and the Norse made their sixth appearance in the NCAA III. National Tournament. The Briar Cliff Chargers ended their 2021 spring season with a 34-20 record. Ticket availability will be announced at a later date