"A high school stadium in Texas is not simply a high school stadium in Texas but a shrine, a temple, an epicenter of small-town life more important than the Baptist church or the local barbecue joint. . . . In these pages, the legacy of the Texas high school football stadium is displayed in all its magnificence and importance. Some stadiums look as perfect as they did when they were first built. Some look a little more weathered by the ravages of time. Some are modern. Some are not. They crisscross the state as the Friday night lights always will, Dallas to Dimmitt, Houston to Happy, Fort Worth to Fredericksburg. As you look at them, the memories of what the Texas high school stadium means will go to your very roots, embedded forever in your soil. You will be profoundly moved. I was, and I’m a damn Yankee." (Buzz Bissinger, from the foreword)
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.