"People will come, Ray," actor James Earl Jones says in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. "People will most definitely come."
And they are coming, by the thousands.
Dyersville, Iowa, a town of just over 4,000 people, could see its population more than triple on Thursday, when the long-anticipated MLB Field of Dreams game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees is finally played.
The classic Field of Dreams movie was shot in the small town over 30 years ago, and now a brand new field and 8,000-seat stadium have been constructed right next to the film site in preparation for the game.
Dyersville's claim to fame means the small town has long been a tourist attraction. However, according to Mayor James Heavens, this game may be its biggest tourist boom to date, although officials have been unsure of just how many people to prepare for.
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"We don't know quite what to expect," Heavens told NPR. "We're going to have twice as many people just in the stands as [those who] live in town."
Additionally, when you count staff, MLB support and news people "you could easily think that there could be 9,000 to 10,000 people in town, but we've never gone through it before," he said.
The historic game was originally scheduled for last year but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Few people have seen the inside of the stadium
The view from inside the stadium hasn't yet been released to the public. Not until Thursday, when thousands of lucky viewers will enter for the first time into the brand new stadium. The game will also be broadcast nationally on Fox, starting at 7:15 p.m. ET.