For the past two weeks, I volunteered with the Super Bowl Committee, and although I didn’t get to go to Super Bowl LI, I did get to experience some of the amazing things it brought to Houston.
The initial process is easy enough—fill out an application and hope to be called into an interview. After the interview, background checks are conducted on all the applicants that have been selected. From there, you get your uniform and gear along with your credentials and that’s about it.
Then you wait and wait and wait, until you finally get your assignment. There are five potential assignments—the worst of which being airport and hotel duty, and the best being Super Bowl Live. My assignment was The NFL Experience, a close second to Super Bowl Live. Then, you wait some more until you are sent your assignment date and times, after which you can accept or decline. Note to the wise: If you are under the age of 40, I highly recommend taking the later shifts. Unlike the later shifts, the volunteers in the morning shift are usually over 50, and as a 20-something you can imagine I wasn’t too thrilled about that.
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience was held at the George R Brown Convention Center and took over Halls A-E, which might as well have been the whole thing. Mind you, the George R Brown is one of the largest convention centers in the United States, so that’s pretty big. The whole thing is decked out is Super Bowl memorbalia, games, activities and more.
Working with the Super Bowl Committee was definitely the best volunteer experience I’ve had. The station leaders are all sweet, helpful and, in my experience, hilarious. For the most part, everyone is just thrilled to be there and wants to have a good time. The kids are over the moon and the parents are equally as impressed, if not more. People from all over come to experience the super bowl and the attractions it brings. There’s a constantly electric vibe that would leave anyone with a buzz.