Want to volunteer for Super Bowl LIV in Miami? Here’s what you need to know.
The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee is hunting for 10,000 volunteers to work next year’s Super Bowl LIV, and the perks, if you count yourself an NFL or Dolphins super fan, are numerous.
Eager to rub elbows with former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino? Check. Marino is the committee’s volunteer captain, and there’s a possible chance you’ll meet him. Eager for Super Bowl tickets in exchange for selfless acts of do-goodery? Don’t count on it.
Instead, most volunteers will function as Super Bowl LIV ambassadors, fanning out to South Florida’s airports and Brightline stations, NFL-sanctioned meetups and tailgate parties between Jan. 25 and Feb. 2, 2020, ahead of game day on Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium.
Here’s where you won’t be: Inside Hard Rock Stadium during the Super Bowl. (The NFL’s paid staffers work the actual game, not volunteers.)
“We need all the help we can get,” says Brian Bishop, the host committee’s vice president of partnerships and marketing. “Hosting a Super Bowl is a massive undertaking.”
Want to become a Super Bowl LIV volunteer? Prepare to be vetted by the Department of Homeland Security. Here’s everything else you should know.
What’s the deadline to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 or older and hold a valid U.S. Passport, and must travel to and from volunteer meetups on their own dime.
The application deadline will be Aug. 1, but manage your expectations. No volunteers will be required to work Hard Rock Stadium during Super Bowl Sunday, says Elle Kehoh, the Super Bowl committee’s vice president of volunteers. But most will be dispatched to work the Live in Miami Super Bowl fan experience Jan. 25-Feb. 2, 2020, at Biscayne Park in downtown Miami, and the Super Bowl Experience at Miami Beach Convention Center, Jan. 25-Feb. 2.
“Most people can’t afford a $5,000 ticket to the biggest event in the world, so this is the next best way to be involved in the Super Bowl,” Kehoh says. “Locals who take pride in their city and also want to celebrate Miami are perfect volunteer candidates.”
During Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta last February, Kehoh says volunteers from as far as Paris and Rio de Janiero came to participate. She expects the same to happen in 2020.
What will volunteers do?
Volunteers must commit to working a minimum of three shifts, four-to-six hours each shift, during the eight-day lineup of fan experiences, concerts and player meet-and-greets the NFL dubs Super Bowl Week. Volunteers will greet fans arriving at Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and give directions to Hard Rock Stadium from Brightline stations and the Miami Metromover, the elevated rail that loops around downtown Miami. Kehoh says the best volunteer candidates should be "fun, enthusiastic problem-solvers,” and who can recommend South Florida attractions for out-of-towners.
“Several guests will be coming to Miami for the first time, and [these volunteers will be] the first friendly face you see,” Kehoh says.
After the application deadline on Aug. 1, volunteers must attend an in-person interview, where they’ll be picked based on enthusiasm, volunteer experience and dedication to service. They must also submit to a national background check by the Department of Homeland Security. After the interview, volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation during the fall, followed by training in January.
The committee also is seeking 500 “lead volunteers,” tasked with training and interviewing volunteers in August and September. The best candidates will have prior volunteer experience, Kehoh says.
What perks do volunteers get?
Each volunteer will receive a “uniform kit” the Host Committee’s website says, including a jacket, polo, backpack, hat, water bottle and other branded swag, along with special giveaways and gifts, Kehoh says.
Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino may show up during volunteer orientations and during fan-experience events in January, but those appearances aren’t confirmed, she says.
What are the upcoming volunteer events?
The majority of volunteers will work the Live in Miami Super Bowl fan event Jan. 25-Feb. 2 at Bayfront Park, a lineup of TBA concert performances and food trucks, football drills and meet-and-greets with TBA NFL players. Volunteer duties will include escorting concertgoers to seats, cleaning up leftover trash and organizing fan interactions with NFL stars.
Meanwhile, other volunteers will work the ticketed Super Bowl Experience at Miami Beach Convention Center Jan. 25-Feb. 2, a week of free autographing signing with 50-plus NFL stars, youth football drills, live broadcasts from the NFL network, a Super Bowl memorabilia display and a viewing of the Vince Lombardi trophy.
For more information, go to MIASBLIV.com/committee.