It was a year where new stars were born, fresh optimism grew and respect was restored.
But home was where heartbreak was for the Canberra Raiders in 2015, and it cost them a finals spot.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart knows it and admits it's the major factor they need to address if they are to make the finals for the first time since 2012.
And he has put the onus on the fans to vote with their feet and help them achieve it.
The Raiders' three home wins was the worst in their 33-year history, and the average crowd at Canberra Stadium was just 9629.
In contrast they won seven games on the road, an area that had previously been their Achilles heel.
Seven home losses were by seven points or less. It was a source of great frustration for the players and fans, but also an indication the rebuild isn't far from bearing fruit.
"We still have to win away from home and show the ruthlessness we did when we had to travel, but we need to turn results around at home, simple as that," Stuart said.
"We must have a better home record, and we need people coming out and supporting us at the game.
"I realise our spectators want us to win at home and therefore that's when they'll come out and support us, but we've got to get some loyalty from people to come out and help us.
"Our end of [the bargain] is to win for them, but it's a partnership and we need the people there as much as possible to make it uncomfortable for the opposition.
"Of course pressure mounted on the players the more we kept losing those close games, but if you can't handle the pressure you're not going to handle first grade."
The Raiders finished 15th in Stuart's first year in charge in 2014, and improved to 10th last year.
It was enough to convince Raiders management to hand him a two-year extension last month, and expectations will be higher this year as the squad is certainly now capable of making finals.
The additions of recruits Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, Josh Hodgson, Sia Soliola, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Adam Clydsdale and Jeff Lima, Joey Leilua and Elliott Whitehad has created competition for spots.
Some of the recruiting is still questioned. Why sign Sezer to play halfback when Sam Williams is doing the job? Why recruit Clydsdale, when hookers Josh Hodgson and Kurt Baptiste have performed strongly?
For Stuart, the answer is simple.
"People asking those questions are the ones who will be very comfortable when one of our halves gets injured, and the other comes in," Stuart said.
"I haven't settled on my halves combination yet and the players will decide that on how they train, the same with all positions.
"I can't say it strongly enough, adding depth in positions has made for such a quality off-season.
"As a coach I'm very happy with the quality of the roster and the way the guys are training with the right attitudes."
The squad is virtually unrecognisable compared to the list Stuart inherited at the end of 2013.
Most agree the Raiders, who had a similar roster for some time, needed a dramatic overhaul, and only players willing to buy into that culture remain.
"I prefer not to waste a player's time if they don't want to compete for a spot," Stuart said.
"If they're courageous enough to say 'I'm competing for my spot', that shows they have the right attitude and make the right team choices when they're not with us.
"When players are away from training there's tough choices to make and it always has to be team first. If an individual finds that too hard, then the Canberra Raiders isn't for that individual.
"This is the closest the roster's been, we've deposited some real stuff [work over summer] and at some stage we'll be calling on that during the season."
The Raiders were one of the most exciting teams in the competition. But only bottom five sides Parramatta, New Zealand, Gold Coast and Newcastle leaked more points.
If Canberra's edge defence improves, the Raiders are a genuine finals contender.
It's an accurate summation of where the club is at, but the second half of that statement is why finals at worst will be the pass mark for the Raiders.
The re-signings of key players Josh Papalii, Jack Wighton, Joey Leilua, Blake Austin and Shannon Boyd shows Stuart has the support of the dressing room.
"There's not a coach in the competition who wouldn't be hoping to make the semi-finals," he said. "It is difficult rebuilding a roster and there's no real time limit, it depends on your recruits and how your development pathways plan out.
"A lot of our younger players are now moving into playing 50-60 first grade games, and are playing well, and the recruits have all played very good football. ]
"That's what brings the football side along a little bit quicker."
CANBERRA RAIDERS 2015 SEASON
Finished: 10th (10 wins, 14 losses)
Home: Three wins, nine losses
Away: Seven wins, five losses
Rd 1: Beat Cronulla 24-20 (a)
Rd 2: Lost to New Zealand 18-6 (h)
Rd 3: Lost to St George Illawarra 22-20 (h)
Rd 4: Lost to Sydney Roosters 34-6 (a)
Rd 5: Beat Manly 29-16 (a)
Rd 6: Lost to Melbourne Storm 14-10 (h)
Rd 7: Beat Wests Tigers 30-22 (a)
Rd 8: Beat South Sydney 30-22 (a)
Rd 9: Beat Gold Coast 56-16 (h)
Rd 10: Lost to St George Illawarra 32-18 (a)
Rd 11: Lost to Canterbury 41-34 (h)
Rd 12: Lost to Brisbane 24-12 (h)
Rd 13: Beat Newcastle 44-22 (a)
Rd 14: Bye
Rd 15: Lost to North Queensland 21-20 (h)
Rd 16: Lost to New Zealand 30-8 (a)
Rd 17: Bye
Rd 18: Beat Newcastle 36-22 (h)
Rd 19: Lost to Cronulla 21-20 (h)
Rd 20: Beat Penrith 34-24 (a)
Rd 21: Lost to North Queensland 32-24 (a)
Rd 22: Lost to Wests Tigers 20-18 (h)
Rd 23: Lost to Manly 26-24 (h)
Rd 24: Lost to Gold Coast 28-12 (a)
Rd 25: Beat Penrith 34-18 (h)
Rd 26: Beat Parramatta 28-24 (a)
Rd 1: Saturday, March 5 - Penrith at Canberra Stadium, 3pm
Rd 2: Saturday, March 12 - Roosters at Canberra Stadium, 3pm
Rd 3: Saturday, March 19 - Newcastle at Hunter Stadium, 5.30pm
Rd 4: Saturday, March 26 - Gold Coast at Canberra Stadium, 5.30pm
Rd 5: Monday, April 4 - Canterbury at Belmore Sports Ground, 7pm
Rd 6: Saturday, April 9 - Parramatta at Parramatta, 3pm
Rd 7: Sunday, April 17 - Cronulla at Canberra Stadium, 2pm
Rd 8: Saturday, April 23 - Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium, 5.30pm
Rd 9: Saturday, April 30 - Penrith at Carrington Park, Bathurst, 3pm
Rd 10: Thursday, May 12 - St George Illawarra at Jubilee Oval, 7.50pm
Rd 11: Saturday, May 21 - New Zealand at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, 5.30pm
Rd 12: Sunday, May 29 - Canterbury at Canberra Stadium, 4pm
Rd 13: Friday, June 3 - Manly at Canberra Stadium, 7.50pm
Rd 14: Thursday, June 9 - Brisbane at Brisbane, 7.50pm
Rd 15: Bye
Rd 16: Sunday, June 26 - Gold Coast at Gold Coast, 2pm
Rd 17: Sunday, July 3 - Newcastle at Canberra Stadium, 2pm
Rd 18: Monday, July 11 - North Queensland at Canberra Stadium, 7pm
Rd 19: Bye
Rd 20: Saturday, July 23 - New Zealand at Canberra Stadium, 3pm
Rd 21: South Sydney at ANZ Stadium
Rd 22: Cronulla at Cronulla
Rd 23: Melbourne at Canberra Stadium
Rd 24: Parramatta at Canberra Stadium
Rd 25: Manly at Brookvale Oval
Rd 26: Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval
THREE THINGS TO WATCH IN 2016
The spine needs to step up: Canberra's playmaker quartet is brimming with class and potential, but how much they'll improve is very much an unknown. Fullback Jack Wighton is coming off his first full year in the No.1 jersey and should get better, and hooker Hodgson is now established as England's leading dummy half after a superb debut NRL season. Gold Coast recruit Aidan Sezer arrives in the capital with huge raps and big expectations. Parramatta great Peter Sterling believes his halves combination with Austin could be one of the NRL's best. Blessed with a booming left boot and one of the best short kicking games in the NRL, Sezer should give Austin the luxury of focusing on his dynamic running game at five-eighth, where he virtually plays as a second fullback. The reduced interchange will also play into Austin's hand, and make him even more dangerous. All four players are young and if they can stick together, can forge a dynasty.
Can the front row provide the platform? Canberra's depth is the best it's been in years, aside from the big boys up front. Youngsters Shannon Boyd and Paul Vaughan, and experienced duo Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Jeff Lima should be the first choice players at this stage. Stuart has already said he doesn't intend to move Queensland Origin back rower Josh Papalii to the middle this year. Unless some late signings crop up, there will be some young players given a chance to make their mark and replace the likes of David Shillington (Gold Coast) and Dane Tilse (Hull KR)
Can the defence improve enough? Canberra's 41-34 home loss to the Bulldogs in round 11 said it all. If you score 34 points you should be winning, and they know it. Attack isn't the issue, and the scary thing for opponents is that aspect of their game could get even better with the natural progression of young players in playmaking positions. Stuart will no doubt be focusing heavily on defence, and a significant improvement here would almost guarantee the Raiders a top eight spot.
Aidan Sezer (Gold Coast Titans)
Adam Clydsdale (Newcastle Knights)
Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons)
Jeff Lima (Catalans Dragons)
Zac Santo (North Queensland Cowboys)
Josh McCrone (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Glen Buttriss (Mounties NSW Cup)
Joel Edwards (Wests Tigers)
Mitch Cornish (Parramatta Eels)
Mark Nicholls (Melbourne Storm)
Jeremy Hawkins (Melbourne Storm)
Dane Tilse (Hull KR)
David Shillington (Gold Coast Titans)
Bill Tupou (Wakefield Wildcats)
Kyle O'Donnell (retired)