DYERSVILLE, Iowa (KWWL) -- The annual "Team of Dreams" celebrity softball game held annually at the Field of Dreams movie site will not be held this year.
Organizers made the decision to cancel the popular event due to concerns over the ongoing pandemic. The game is expected to return in 2022, with dates to be announced next year.
The annual event, which was also canceled last year due to the pandemic, typically features former Major League Baseball players, other retired athletes and a wide range of celebrities.
"Understandably, many of the players, talent, and entertainment we bring in for Team of Dreams are holding off booking events like ours over concerns of the ongoing COVID pandemic," Keith Rahe, President & CEO of Travel Dubuque said. "However, there are things we can do safely and responsibly to allow people to enjoy the rich baseball traditions we have in the area. One of those is hosting Beyond the Game this August surrounding the excitement of the August 12, 2021 Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. We believe we can host a safe event that takes COVID policies and safety practices into account as we move ahead."
Beyond the Game is going forward with several events taking place August 11-12 in Dyersville and throughout Dubuque County. The events include a movie night, outdoor concert, and more events being planned with input from area health professionals and leaders to develop a COVID-conscious environment. More details and information on the events will be announced here as planning continues.
The "If You Build It" exhibit in Dyersville dedicated to the making of the movie will be opening for its second year on May 1. More details on the exhibit can be found here.