It might all end happily for Kevin Costner's character, but the field itself wasn't so lucky. The problems stem from the set having been built on two different owners' land in Iowa. The same year the movie was released, one of them dug up his half of the field so he could replant corn on it. This was a logical move, considering he was a farmer and all, but so many people got upset about this sacrilege that he had to promise never to do it again, or else he was sure he'd have to "leave the country."
Yeah, Iowa people love Kevin Costner almost as much as they hate corn.
Then the owners set up competing souvenir stands for the fans who came to see the field and the celebrity games that sometimes took place there. It seems one of the families couldn't take the pressures that come with being part of the cutthroat world of movie memorabilia, because they ended up selling their half of the field to their rivals.
And so a period of peace and calm came upon the land ... but it wasn't to last. After the owners put the whole thing up for sale in 2010, it was bought by people who wanted to develop it for commercial means. For them, one famous baseball field wasn't enough. They wanted all of the baseball fields -- 24, to be exact. This begs the question of how often one is going to need 24 fields to play baseball simultaneously. Is this like the baseball capital of the world, where 48 teams are always desperate for use of the one local diamond?
And why do the diamonds look like they're gonna lift off and shoot a laser at the White House?
Actually, one of the reasons locals are so against building this sports complex is that it will bring increased noise and traffic to a "predominantly rural area." So this really is a case of hoping that if you build it, they will come. "They" being every little league team in the whole state, it seems.