Yep, you read that right. The National Football League is looking for over 15,000 volunteers to help with next year’s Super Bowl, which will take place in MetLife Stadium. According to ESPN New York,
The league is looking to get 16,000 volunteers, subject to a background check, who will stand at local airports, train stations and other local posts directing out-of-towners to hotels and Super Bowl venues like Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square.
In exchange, volunteers will get a uniform they can keep, but no tickets to the game.
The NFL isn’t the first to use the area’s generosity to power an event. The New York Road Runners will use 10,000 volunteers this weekend to help with the running of the New York City Marathon. The marathon stretches over five boroughs and is a logistical puzzle. The PGA and LPGA Tours use volunteer marshals to quiet the crowd during golf tournaments.
It sounds kind of fun, if you’re into that sort of thing. You do get a volunteer uniform, but that reward obviously isn’t as nice as tickets to the actual game. The volunteers would only be needed at these transportation sites, not in the actual stadium,which is another downside.
If this offer interests you, you can sign up to be a volunteer here. There are a few requirements though, aside from the background check. You have to be over the age of 18, and you have to be willing to work a minimum of two 4-hour shifts.