The Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs will be the two teams that will play in Iowa next season at the “Field of Dreams” game. Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC 5 in Chicago was the first to break the news about the opponent. Last week Cubs manager David Ross let it slip that the Cubs would be playing in the game before quickly trying to backtrack after he realized what he had said. The cat was out of the bag at that point, though.
The game is currently set to be played on August 11th between the two teams. Tickets will be tough to come by, and if you do come by them if this year is any indication of the prices, it’s not going to be cheap. The “get in the door” price on the secondary market was over $1,300 per ticket.
This year’s game was played between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox and was won on a Tim Anderson walk-off home run into the corn field. The game was the most watched baseball game during the regular season since 2005. It will be interesting to see how the game will do moving forward in this respect given that at the time most felt like it was going to be a 1-time event and wanted to take in the spectacle.
With the NHL having their outdoor game each year and it becoming a very popular annual event, MLB could have something on their hands here if they do it right. That’s a really big ask of Major League Baseball who seems to be unable to do even the easiest, simplest of tasks correct these days, but one can hope, right?
For now it seems that the plan is to have the event in the same place. It would be great to see the game played around the country in a new place each year, celebrating or commemorating something new in a non-MLB stadium.