Super Bowl 52 planners need more of you to volunteer.
Planners are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing types who can direct visitors to light-rail stops, the nearest lake, Mall of America or walleye sandwich.
The magic number is 10,000 volunteers to put on the event. Planners say they quickly surpassed that mark, but they're still recruiting and will make another public push when the Minnesota Vikings head to training camp.
Leading the public effort is retired Viking Chad Greenway. He's recorded a series of "Bold School tips" for volunteers. "This is not the job for armchair quarterbacks. We need go-getters," Greenway tells would-be members of "Crew 52." See below:
Super Bowl Host Committee spokeswoman Andrea Mokros said the planners want lots of applicants to choose from and they're planning for customary dropoff before the event.
"There’s been an enormously enthusiastic response from Minnesotans – and beyond – to participating, so if you’re interested don’t wait to sign up," she said.
Mokros said the committee wants a to make sure the've got 10,000 committed volunteers "ready, willing and able" to go in mid-January.
Planners already have 450 "super" volunteers who will begin interviewing applicants in August and go through October until they've worked through every person. The super volunteers have backgrounds iand/or experience in human resources work, Mokros said.
The volunteer effort will become more visible in August with the openig of a volunteer recruitment center at a storefront in downtown Minneapolis. Mokros said
Volunteers must be available from Jan. 27 through gameday Feb. 4 and commit to three shifts of several hours. For their work, they'll receive a Super Bowl uniform that includes a high-end winter parka.
Information and application is here: