A group of 15 Entertainment Management students got the experience of a lifetime Thursday January 29th- Sunday, February 1st. The students worked with NFL Fan Experience and the Arizona Host Committee assisting with pregame and game day events for the 2015 Super Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium!
Throughout the weekend students worked mainly in an area called Super Bowl Central. They greeted guests as they entered and provided information and directions. They also had the chance to be involved with some of the free concerts and really enjoyed the performance of the Roots from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
At Super Bowl Central students saw many professional athletes, and team owners being dropped off for the NFL awards show. On game day they got to spend some time inside the stadium and saw behind the scenes of the halftime show preparation area. “My favorite thing to see on game day was the United States Air Force fly over of the stadium and the fireworks during the halftime show,” states Entertainment Management Association (EMA) President, Leah Heermann.
Before the game, students got to explore the local area including hiking Camelback Mountain. “It was such a wonderful experience to see the beautiful city from up there. Being able to get to the top was such a reward,” says Leah.
Traveling to the Super Bowl has been an annual event for the Entertainment Management Association for several years. This year, the students worked with NFL Fan Experience, the National Football League’s official source for event experiences and hospitality, as well as the Arizona Host Committee. The Arizona Host Committee is a private non-profit Arizona corporation that is responsible for driving the state’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX. The mandate of the Host Committee is to galvanize local stakeholders in a united approach to hosting the largest single-day sporting event by maximizing positive media exposure, fueling the economic engine of Arizona and leaving a lasting legacy long after the big game. Host Committee staff members met with students once they arrived for a training session and helped them prepare for their volunteer experiences.
For more information on the Entertainment Management Association or the Entertainment Management program visit http://em.missouristate.edu/ .