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A photograph-based coffee table book commemorating the stadiums, fans, employees and overall culture surrounding Major League Baseball. Read more

61
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$4,340
pledged of $35,000 goal

Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on February 18, 2013.

A photograph-based coffee table book commemorating the stadiums, fans, employees and overall culture surrounding Major League Baseball.

About this project

UPDATE: I have done some re-budgeting and cut costs drastically and will be reposting this project again shortly. Until then thanks for all the support! Hope to see everyone re-pledge when I repost the project! Continue to follow on twitter @StadiumOfSummer and email me with any questions or concerns you may have at StadiumsOfSummer@Gmail.com

-Matthew Schumacher

With Stadiums of Summer: Everything But The Game, my goal is to create an awesome 300+ page photography-based coffee table book commemorating the stadiums and the culture surrounding Major League Baseball. It is my strongly held belief that part of what makes professional baseball so special, is the tens of thousands of fans from all walks of life coming together in a common building for a shared cause: the love of the game. I believe baseball fans and photography aficionados would treasure a document that would preserve and glorify this unique and timeless experience. 

I was contacted and had an interview with IvyEnvy.com to help promote this project and it played during their live podcast Tuesday night (January 29, 2013) BELOW is a link to a podcast from IvyEnvy.com Be sure to check out other parts of the site if you are a Chicago Cubs fan! Thanks for all the support so far! (My interview starts at the 21 minute mark)

http://ivyenvy.com/podcast/Episode_454.mp3

Growing up, I have seen and looked through many beautiful coffee table books focusing on various aspects of different sports, but they have neglected the experience of being at the game, which is an experience most fans want to hold onto as long as they can.  My goal with this book is to allow those who don't have the luxury of traveling to see a ball game, to be able to experience and endure the culture of going to a ball game at different ball parks in Major League Baseball.  I want everyone to be able to understand and appreciate America's Past Time and the uniqueness that each park has to offer.

BUDGETING:

  • BOOK PRINTINGS $15,000
  • POSTERS & PRINTS $2,000
  • CAR/RV RENTAL AND GAS $14,000
  • TICKETS AND PARKING $2,500
  • $1,500 for possible repairs/damages/etc (see risks and challenges)

I have spent the better part of the past 3 months mapping out the best possible routes to make it to every stadium in a timely and cost efficient manner.

If this project makes more than the needed pledge amount, I plan to do some more creative things that might include another book, a dvd of this experience, other photo prints, framed prints or anything else that might come to mind!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CHECKING OUT THIS PROJECT!

-Matthew Schumacher

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is going to be getting the funding ($35,000) because without that, the project can not be done.

I have a small ($1,500) fund of money for emergencies. The possible reasons I would dip into this fund while shooting for the book are as follows:

Car Trouble: My schedule is pretty rigid and car problems could potentially be an issue. I would use money from the fund to fix the car and get moving again. I have already budgeted $500 for repairs to the vehicle, so that money would be utilized first. This one would only be if the $500 is used up.

Rain Delay: In the event of a rain-out resulting in one of the games being cancelled, I would use about 500 of the emergency fund to fly out to that stadium after the trip is over. (Near the end of the season)

Equipment Problems: I am not anticipating any camera issues, and I will have personal backups just in case. However, if something happens that causes a camera or my equipment to need repairs, I will use money from the "emergency fund" to do so.

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    $1 reward

    1 backer

    You'll feel awesome for helping fund such a great project! You will also have a special place in my heart! Thanks!

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    8 backers

    I'll send you a Thank You Tweet via Twitter! FOLLOW this project at twitter.com/StadiumOfSummer OR me personally at twitter.com/MattyShoeWho

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    $20 reward

    9 backers

    You will receive an electronic version (most likely an eBook) of Stadiums of Summer: Everything But The Game!
    Plus I'll send you a Thank You Tweet via Twitter!

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    $35 reward

    6 backers

    I will give you a Thank You in the form of a Name Credit in the book "STADIUMS OF SUMMER: Everything But The Game" so your name will forever be linked to this project!
    Plus You will receive an "eBook" version of STADIUMS OF SUMMER: Everything But The Game! PLUS I'll send you a Thank You Tweet via Twitter!

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    $50 reward

    4 backers

    You will receive a signed 7x9 photo from the book printed on 8.5x11 photo paper!
    Plus you will receive everything listed in "Reward 4"!

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    $85 reward

    6 backers

    You will receive an actual copy of STADIUMS OF SUMMER: Everything But The Game!
    Plus you will receive everything listed in "Reward 5"!

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  • You selected
    $105 reward

    5 backers

    You will receive a signed copy of STADIUMS OF SUMMER: Everything But The Game and a 24x36 poster!
    Plus you will receive a signed 7x9 photo from the book printed on 8.5x11 photo paper! PLUS I will give you a Thank You in the form of a Name Credit in the book "STADIUMS OF SUMMER: Everything But The Game" so your name will forever be linked to this project! PLUS You will receive an "eBook" version of STADIUMS OF SUMMER: Everything But The Game! PLUS I'll send you a Thank You Tweet via Twitter!

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  • You selected
    $150 reward

    7 backers Limited (68 left of 75)

    You will receive a Limited Edition Hard Cover book (Silver Print on cover) of Stadiums of Summer: Everything But The Game signed and numbered (out of 100) by me!
    Plus you will receive everything listed in "Reward 7" ***Except for a regular signed book

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  • You selected
    $300 reward

    4 backers Limited (21 left of 25)

    WOAH! You're Awesome! You (or your company) will receive a Special Name Credit in the book that will make you standout above the rest!
    Plus you will receive everything listed in "Reward #8"!

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    $750 reward

    0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)

    You are amazing! Thank you so much! I will personally call you VIA telephone or Skype to thank you for your support and we can talk for 30 minutes about the project and any other questions you may have and you will receive an Ultimate Limited Edition hard cover book (Gold Print on cover) signed and numbered (out of 10) by me!
    Plus You will also receive everything listed in "Reward #9" ***except the "Silver edition book" instead you will receive an extra copy of the regular book (signed)

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    $1,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    I can never thank you enough! You will receive an Ultimate Name Credit (something along the lines of: This project was made possible by a very generous donation from You/Your Company) in the book Stadiums of Summer: Everything But The Game! You will also receive 30 Prints (1 from each team) that won't be in the book all signed by me! As well as everything listed in "Reward #10"!

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    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Same as "Reward 11" but all 30 prints will come framed! We can also meet up at the ballpark of choice and I will buy you lunch and take photos of you and your family or friends and one of those photos will be in the book! ***You pay for your own traveling expenses.

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Funding period

- (60 days)