91 Days: Calling all volunteers
November, 3, 2013
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyA volunteer tries to stay dry as she answers a woman's questions at an information booth at last year's Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis.
Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 91 days to the Super Bowl.
The NFL wants you, New York and New Jersey.
The league is looking to get 16,000 volunteers, subject to a background check, who will stand at local airports, train stations and other local posts directing out-of-towners to hotels and Super Bowl venues like Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square.
In exchange, volunteers will get a uniform they can keep, but no tickets to the game.
The NFL isn’t the first to use the area’s generosity to power an event. The New York Road Runners will use 10,000 volunteers this weekend to help with the running of the New York City Marathon. The marathon stretches over five boroughs and is a logistical puzzle. The PGA and LPGA Tours use volunteer marshals to quiet the crowd during golf tournaments.
The Super Bowl will have different complexities, since there will be a week of events leading up to the game. Out-of-towners will arrive in New York looking for hotels, cabs and subways or, depending on the weather, horse-drawn sleighs.
Anyone who wants to volunteer can hit the Super Bowl website. You have to be over 18, and willing to work at least two four-hour shifts.
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