BGSU Sports Management Alliance

BGSU sports management team headed to Super Bowl

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The New England Patriots aren’t the only team at the Super Bowl in Atlanta who will be there for the third time in five years. Students from Bowling Green State University’s Sports Management Alliance are on site in Atlanta for the week, working as volunteers at the event. The 24 students headed down Tuesday before the break of dawn, with their first 14-hour shift on Wednesday. While that sounds grueling, two sports management majors who made the trip last year agreed it was chance of a lifetime. “It was the best week of my life,” said Cory Radebaugh, a senior in sports management. “Eye opening,” said Kyle Edmond, also a senior sports management major. “I think that’s the easiest way to summarize it. … Every step of the way you saw something different, something you never anticipated. None of us could have dreamed the amount of manpower that’s behind it.” That includes security with military on every corner and rooftop and a tank parked outside the stadium. In the days leading up to the game, the students will be working with the fan experience at the stadium. These are a series of activities for families. The volunteers guide visitors through exhibits and help them get photographs with the Lombardi Trophy that the winning team will hoist after Sunday’s game. Kids also participate in a pass, punt, and kick skills competition. Radebaugh said last year, youngsters had the chance to don a helmet equipped with the same communications technology the pros use, and Radebaugh and other volunteers would call out instructions to them as they maneuvered. Those participating in the activity include local families who can’t afford the tickets, which are going for several thousands of dollars. Others have tickets, Radebaugh said, but come early to get the most out of the trip. On game day, BGSU students will assist the 1,700 fans who bought $20,000 Super Bowl packages — airfare, hotel, and game tickets. They primarily will help them find their way around Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This will be the sixth time in just over a decade that BGSU students have worked the Super Bowl. “Going to the Super Bowl they can see what they learned about in the classroom…