EVANSVILLE, Wis. -

It's hard to believe that a year ago Evansville High School football fans had a much different view than they do today.

"It was painful for a lot of people who had been around this community for a long time and had been a part of our football tradition," said Brian Cahsore, Evansville athletic director.

Last August, before the start of football season, the press box went up in flames. The fire destroyed the building and equipment inside.

Cashore said through support and donations from the community the athletic department was able to reach their goal.

"It wasn't easy but we found a way to get through it, again with a lot of effort from the community - rallying together, putting our heads together to figure out how to get through this," he said.

Community members and students teamed up to raise more than $15,000 dollars for the new press box, which was debuted at Friday night's first home game.

Businesses and contractors also donated items and services at a reduced cost to help prepare the building for this year's season. The school's student council also had a hand in making their mark on the stadium.

The student council sold more than 300 engraved bricks at $30 each and installed bricks that line a new pathway to the stadium. It's a fresh start to the season fans have been waiting for.

"Looking back a year from now to be here when the fire was actually burning. To see where we are at today, it's just an awesome situation," Cashore said.