Location: Liberty Center, Ohio
Rod Saunders, a public school teacher, and his wife Donna, an IT professional, wanted to open a side business that would help them put their three children through school, as well as give the kids something to do during summer vacation.
They wanted to open a drive-in, but couldn’t find a location – until a colleague of Rod’s suggested they put it in their backyard. The result is the Field of Dreams Drive-In, conveniently located in the Saunders’ 4.5-acre backyard on Henry County Road 6 in Liberty Center, Ohio.
Field of Dreams is among a handful of drive-ins that allow patrons to purchase tickets online – you can even choose your parking spot. The couple also recently installed a mini-golf area. “The key for us has been that we listen very closely to what our customers are saying. We work very hard to make it appealing for them to come,” says Rod.