DYERSVILLE, Iowa — If you rent it out, they will come.
Or at least that is the expectation that owner Denise Stillman has for the Field of Dreams movie site.
The iconic setting of the popular 1989 film now can be rented by the night.
For $2,200 per night on weekdays and $2,500 per night on weekends — plus taxes and fees — renters will be given exclusive access to the Field of Dreams ballfield and can sleep in the home featured in the film.
Stillman said people have been requesting to stay overnight at the site for years.
“I think there’s a certain want to relive those moments from the movie,” she said. “I’ve gotten tons of people asking me when they can stay the night. I finally broke.”
Stillman agreed to the move after she was approached by Booking.com, a travel e-commerce site that offered a special partnership to help promote the offer.
But the field’s availability to the public will remain the same.
Overnight renters can check in at 6 p.m. but they will have to share the field with tourists until the movie site closes at night, which is at 8 p.m. in July and August and 6 p.m. for the rest of the year. After that, it is all theirs.
The movie site saw a surge in publicity in January when news of vandalism at the site was reported across the country and beyond.
“It’s honestly something that coincidentally lined up well for us,” Stillman said. “The planning for the overnight stays started six months ago, so they really are unrelated.”
The rental program is in a trial phase, Stillman noted. After the first year, staff will consider if the service should be continued.
Additionally, Stillman said overnight rentals will not impact the development of All-Star Ballpark Heaven, a massive youth sports complex planned at the location. Plans were first unveiled in 2011, but Stillman said Wednesday that she had no updates on the progress of the project.
Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karla Thompson said she anticipates the overnight rentals will further boost tourism in the area.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for tourists to get even more involved with the field,” she said. “It’s going to be a huge draw.”
Stillman said she has not seen how many reservations have been made for the movie site, but she anticipates it will be quite popular.
“It really is a surreal experience to wake up and see the field in the morning,” Stillman said. “I think there’s something really special about it.”