10,000 Su­per Bowl vol­un­teers se­lected from 30,000 ap­pli­cants

They’ll be given mostly hos­pi­tal­ity-type jobs dur­ing the 10-day event.

Star Tribune - - AROUND THE METRO - By ROCHELLE OL­SON rochelle.ol­son@star­tri­bune.com Rochelle Ol­son • 612-673-1747 Twit­ter: @rochelle­ol­son

The cho­sen ones for the 2018 Su­per Bowl Crew 52 re­ceived no­tice Thurs­day. The Min­nesota Su­per Bowl Host Com­mit­tee chose more than 10,000 vol­un­teers from the 30,000 who ap­plied on­line be­gin­ning in Au­gust. Of those, roughly 15,000 prospec­tive vol­un­teers showed up for in-per­son in­ter­views at the head­quar­ters in City Cen­ter on Ni­col­let Mall.

Of­fi­cially, 10,280 vol­un­teers have been ac­cepted, the com­mit­tee said in a re­lease, be­fore clar­i­fy­ing later that a group of ap­pli­cants who sent videos or in­ter­viewed late may soon be ac­cepted.

The com­mit­tee an­tic­i­pates hav­ing 12,000 vol­un­teers ac­cepted with the goal of de­ploy­ing 10,000 of them dur­ing the 10-day event. Vol­un­teers are asked to work at least three shifts.

The vol­un­teers are needed for mostly hos­pi­tal­ity func­tions start­ing in late Jan­uary and cul­mi­nat­ing with the game Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Sta­dium.

From the air­ports around the state to down­town sky­ways and side­walks of Ni­col­let Mall, vis­i­tors to the Twin Cities will rarely be with­out a vol­un­teer in sight to greet them and help them nav­i­gate the town.

Since the state bid to host the game, or­ga­niz­ers have hit on the theme of Min­nesota hos­pi­tal­ity. The game plan, re­peated over and over, is that heat of Min­nesota’s hos­pi­tal­ity will off­set the po­ten­tially cold win­ter weather.

Cor­dial, knowl­edge­able, out­go­ing vol­un­teers are re­quired to pro­vide the heart of that as­pect of the event to the world.

Called Crew 52, the vol­un­teers re­ceived no­tice of their sta­tus from the cheer cap­tain of the op­er­a­tion, re­tired Min­nesota Vik­ings line­backer Chad Green­way, who wore the num­ber 52 as a player.

Vol­un­teers with hu­man re­sources back­grounds al­ready have been work­ing by in­ter­view­ing other prospects. Or­ga­niz­ers say they ex­pect 1 mil­lion vis­i­tors, with some 140,000 on the week­end of the game.

The next step is a pep rally on Nov. 12 at Xcel En­ergy Cen­ter in St. Paul. They’re also go­ing to hear what’s ex­pected of them and learn “cus­tomer ser­vice and en­gage­ment tech­niques,” the host com­mit­tee an­nounced.

Vol­un­teers are ex­pected to work three shifts of about four hours.

Elle Ke­hoe has led the or­ga­ni­za­tion and hir­ing of the vol­un­teers un­der Su­per Bowl Host Com­mit­tee CEO Mau­reen Bausch.

“Our vol­un­teer ori­en­ta­tion ... will be the first time we get the Crew to­gether as a team and chan­nel our Su­per Bowl ex­cite­ment into ac­tion,” Bausch said in a writ­ten state­ment.

For their work, vol­un­teers will be tricked out in Bold North Su­per Bowl gear that they get to keep, in­clud­ing a qual­ity win­ter grade parka.

Of course, some of the vol­un­teers will need those parkas be­cause they will be stand­ing out­doors.

EL­IZ­A­BETH FLORES • liz.flores@star­tri­bune.com

Po­ten­tial vol­un­teers were in­ter­viewed in Au­gust for po­si­tions for the up­com­ing Su­per Bowl. The host com­mit­tee said Thurs­day that 10,000 have been se­lected from the 30,000 who ap­plied.

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