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Community rallies for Friday Night Football

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SCHOFIELD (WAOW) -

Football fans throughout Wisconsin are cheering for the start of Friday Night Lights.

For some, it's a tradition that brings communities together in a variety of ways.

For Kevin Gunderson, it's as a member of the D.C. Everest Athletic Club, working in the concession stand.

"Grilling up hundreds of hamburgers, hundreds of brats, getting them all ready for the fans that fill up the stadium," said Gunderson. "I just love giving back. I have kids in the program myself and it's just what I think we should be doing."

D.C. Everest Athletic Director Lee Ann Kitchell says that community support that helps makes Friday nights so special.

"Workers that work for me that have been working for 50 plus years," Kitchell said. "It's just an exciting time of year to be a sports fan and a football fan."

Kitchell says these games can draw thousands of people. Some fans get so excited they come hours in advance to claim their spot in the stands.

"Football brings everyone together and it's a season that everyone looks forward to you know every one's tweeting about it and everyone's on Facebook talking about it," said Breanna Jodzinski, a D.C. Everest senior.

A contagious feeling that spreads from the concessions workers to the players and to the fans, making Friday nights this season ones to remember.

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