The 2020 Super Bowl game, which takes place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, is about three months away and a lot of attention is going to be on South Florida.
And with tons of activities leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee is looking for volunteers.
Volunteering provides an opportunity for locals to be a part of all the action. Recently, the host committee opened its volunteer headquarters in a new wing at the Virgin MiamiCentral train station. The committee also revealed the volunteers’ uniforms made by Perry Ellis.
The grand opening of the volunteer headquarters happened on Thursday, Oct. 10 and members of the host committee were present to share information about where they are in terms of preparation for the Big Game.
“Last time we had 2,500 volunteers. Now we have 10,000 registered volunteers. All of them are going to have background checks and training,” said Miami Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Rodney Barreto. “Then we are going to deploy them in certain restaurants, team hotels, and airports in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.”
Volunteers will be working from Jan. 25 through Feb. 3. They will be required to work a minimum of three shifts that ranges between four to six hours each. Volunteers will not get tickets for the Super Bowl nor be able to work inside Hard Rock Stadium. The NFL will have paid staff to handle everything. However, volunteers can work in fun environments like the free concerts and fan events that will be going on at Bayfront Park and the Miami Beach Convention Center.
“The excitement is definitely growing but time is also ticking. We are urging people to sign up by the deadline, Oct. 25,” said Elle Kehoe, vice president of Volunteers for the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee.
Retired Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino was announced as the volunteer captain at the grand opening of the headquarters.
“I have been to a lot of Super Bowls, including last year’s in Atlanta. One of the main things you look at is the presentation. I love South Florida and I think we should have the Super bowl here every year,” said Marino.
Locally headquartered Perry Ellis is providing 10,000 uniforms for all of the registered volunteers. The volunteer uniform is an aqua and grey polo shirt with reflective taping on the back. The volunteers will be getting both a polo, a zip-up layer piece, and a rain jacket to wear during their shifts.
“It's great that a homegrown company is associated with Super Bowl LIV. We are excited to be able to supply the volunteer uniforms that have new types of fabrics that are sustainable friendly,” said Perry Ellis CEO and President Oscar Feldenkreis.
The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee reached out to several communities to inform residents about the opportunity to participate in Super Bowl week. The committee held its information sessions in Miami Gardens, Brownsville and all pockets of Miami-Dade to offer participation.
“This is a culturally diverse community. There was no limitation to where we wanted to connect. I honestly think we hit all the pockets,” said Rashad Thomas, vice president, Business Connect and & Legacy Projects of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee.
The deadline to register to volunteer is Oct. 25. Visit www.miasbliv.com/volunteer/ to sign up.