First and Fisher: First Stadium Project photo near Field of Dreams in Iowa

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I have a lot of emotion flowing tonight as I watch the Field of Dreams Major League Baseball game in Dyersville, Iowa.

In 2005, High School Football America co-founder Trish Hoffman surprised me with a trip to the iconic movie set for my birthday. It was the beginning of the second year of High School Football America, which we founded in 2004.

The photo below is one of my all-time favorites. Hard to beat watching the sun set while sitting in front of the Lansing house that was home to Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) in the 1989 Oscar-nominated film.

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We didn’t watch any high school football that weekend, but we did snap our first-ever Stadium Project photos. It was at Beckman Catholic High School.

While I’ve always enjoyed visiting high school football stadiums, even if there isn’t a game, it was the first time I pulled out my camera.

Beckman Catholic, a private school, is the only high school in Dyersville. The public school for Dyersville kids is Western Dubuque, which is about 15 miles east of the town. We did stop at WD, home of the Bobcats, but those photos were lost in a computer crash.

Surprisingly, I only took two photos at Beckman, but you can see the other by clicking here.

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About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.