Home Field: Texas High School Football Stadiums from Alice to Zephyr

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“The promise of an empty football field is an irresistible force for those who understand and revere the game,” Jeff Wilson observes. Drawn by the sense of possibility and nostalgia inherent in every stadium, Wilson traveled the state of Texas to photograph high school stadiums for a photo essay that appeared in Texas Monthly in August 2005. The magazine’s readers responded with an outpouring of enthusiasm, and Wilson’s photo essay was nominated for a prestigious National Magazine Award.
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Overview

“The promise of an empty football field is an irresistible force for those who understand and revere the game,” Jeff Wilson observes. Drawn by the sense of possibility and nostalgia inherent in every stadium, Wilson traveled the state of Texas to photograph high school stadiums for a photo essay that appeared in Texas Monthly in August 2005. The magazine’s readers responded with an outpouring of enthusiasm, and Wilson’s photo essay was nominated for a prestigious National Magazine Award.
In Home Field, Wilson creates a unique photo portrait of nearly eighty Texas high school football stadiums, ranging from the bright lights, artificial turf, and seating for thousands at Southlake Carroll to the lone set of bleachers under the wide open sky in Veribest. Shot from the fifty-yard line facing the home stands, these photographs invite us to view each stadium from the same vantage point and experience it as an evocative place that holds a community’s collective memories. Accompanying the photographs are reminiscences about the fields from players, coaches, team physicians, athletic directors, sportswriters and announcers, school superintendents, principals and teachers, band directors, maintenance workers, booster club parents, students, and fans. Their stories—whether funny, nostalgic, or poignant—reveal just how important high school football is to Texans and how it creates an unforgettable sense of community and camaraderie.
Sure to bring back memories as soon as you open the book, Home Field captures what football is supposed to be—“simple and pure, like a perfect spiral arcing gracefully across the sky.”
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Friday Night Lights the book, the movie, and the television series have made Texas high school football a national obsession. Jeff Wilson's large- scale photographs of Lone Star State stadiums lend an inviting small town feel to these mythic arenas. You can almost hear the post-touchdown roars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292721999
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 661,998
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF WILSON has worked as a freelance photographer for media outlets including ESPN, Men’s Journal, Texas Monthly, Disney, Discover, Life, the New York Times Magazine, Wired, and Houghton Mifflin. His work has appeared in prestigious American Photography Annual and the PDN 2003 photo annual. He recently had his first one-person exhibition, titled Cryptozoology.

Author of three highly acclaimed books, Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City, and Three Nights in August, BUZZ BISSINGER is among America’s most honored and distinguished writers. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, and the National Headliners Award, among other prizes.

BOBBY HAWTHORNE is the author of Longhorn Football: An Illustrated History. From 1977 to 2005, he served in a variety of positions with the University Interscholastic League, including Director of Academics and Director of Journalism.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Buzz Bissinger
The Stadiums
Afterword by Jeff Wilson
Acknowledgments
A-Z Stadium Index
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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    Homefield

    I first saw Jeff's photos in Texas Monthly and then again in Texas Highways Magazine. I was taken back by the simplicity and beauty in these photos. He has really given us the ability to be a part in football in a large and diverse state. In Texas, Friday Night Football Fever is a way of life for many communities no matter its size. In addition to the beautiful images taken on the 50 yard line, there are contributions from people who attended the school (for instance Colt McCoy talks about Jim Ned High School). This is a must have for any football lover.

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