The final interviews took place on Saturday for Minnesotans wanting to become part of the Crew 52 team of volunteers at Super Bowl LII.
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee needs 10,000 volunteers to work at events during the week leading up Super Bowl LII on February 4th next year at US Bank Stadium.
Many of the volunteers will act as good will ambassadors and fan out across Minneapolis working in the sky ways to give lost tourists directions, and directly work with fans and visitors at the NFL Experience and the NFL Live events.
The Host Committee has been looking for volunteers who have strong customer service backgrounds and don’t mind working outside in the cold. Each Crew 52 volunteer must also commit to work at least three shifts lasting four to six hours.
During the last round of interviews on Saturday, prospective volunteers were welcomed by a cheerleading squad of Vikings fans dressed up in their game day costumes.
When they were finally led into the interview room, prospective volunteers were greeted by a team of interviewers including Fox 9’s Tim Blotz and Kelcey Carlson who stood to applaud their arrivals.
Earlier this morning, Fox 9's morning crew Leah Beno and Cody Matz were also helping out.
One interviewer said a woman approached Blotz's table in tears saying she’d never been applauded for anything in her life.
“We thought you deserved it,” said Blotz.
Another interviewer said she screened a woman who admitted she was 91 years old. When asked if she had ever volunteered for anything before she replied, “All my life!”
Upon the completion of Saturday’s final interviews, the volunteer staff conducting the interviews was treated to a toast of champagne for all the hours it took to screen the thousands of applicants.
Host Committee organizers said more people applied than for any other previous Super Bowl.
Applicants will be notified in two weeks whether they will be accepted as a member of Crew 52. An orientation session will take place in November with training to begin in January.