If you can't join 'em on the field, join 'em behind the scenes.
Long before the National Football League's season winds down and the final two teams are left standing, cities across the United States slugged out their own battle for the right to host the Big Game.
Why? Because having the Super Bowl in your city means an influx of millions of dollars as people pour in for the game.
All of those visitors buy plane tickets and hotel rooms, load up on food and drinks, go to restaurants, and pay for parking.
Another benefit of hosting the Super Bowl is that the need for workers goes through the roof. Every hotel and restaurant has to prepare for the flood of crazed fans by getting some extra help, meaning there are a lot of Super Bowl jobs available.
Want to be a part of the game when it comes to your town? Here are some typical Super Bowl jobs that pop up before kickoff. Not all positions are just for the big game, either. If you have a sports team in town, keep these sports events jobs in mind year-round too!
Limo/town car drivers
The guys on the field aren't the only stars around when it's Super Bowl time. From rock stars to Hollywood legends, lots of A-listers come out for the show. In 2016, when Super Bowl L was played in Santa Clara, CA, one company planned to hire 300 extra limo drivers for that weekend alone.
Of course, you'd need to have (or get) your Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to drive a limo, so take that into consideration. The pay isn't great, but it's one of the Super Bowl jobs that offers a cool opportunity to rub elbow with the stars. You could end up taking Katy Perry to the game or driving Ryan Gosling to a restaurant with his friends.
If you're interested in the job, just make sure you know where you're going, you're a safe driver, and you can keep your mouth closed. Telling your friends who is in your car and putting pictures on Facebook or Instagram are sure ways to get into trouble.
Nurses and doctors
Super Bowl L packed over 71,000 crazed fans into one stadium — that's a lot of people in one place at one time. Add the excitement of the game and a few beers and you can expect there will be some injuries. Local hospitals and clinics will gear up and have their staff ready to go for a Super Bowl weekend, but the stadium also needs to have medical staff on hand.
When Super Bowl XLVIII was played at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, they actually brought in a portable ER for the day. Because that was a cold-weather game, other issues like hypothermia and slips and falls came into play.
Those with medical credentials and experience may have an opportunity to be a part of the big day by offering their services for the Super Bowl.
There's a lot of cash that flows through an NFL stadium on any given Sunday, but when it's the Super Bowl, it's more. A lot more. Souvenir sales go through the roof. The cost of all concessions goes way up. Add the number of new Super Bowl jobs and new hires brought in to work at these stands for the game and you could have a cash flow nightmare.
Bring in the auditors.
If you have cash-handling experience from working in a bank or other retail and want to be a part of the big day, they could use your help. One help wanted ad for game day auditors said that the duties would be to “perform surprise cash register audits to ensure proper cash handling policies are being followed and document results informing management of any violations.”
It may not be the most exciting of the Super Bowl jobs at the game, but you'd probably handle more money in one day than most people do in a year.
Event security jobs? No surprise here. 70,000 fans in a party mood. Cash flowing everywhere. There's going to be a big need for extra security both inside and outside the stadium. Extra security personnel do everything from checking bags and patting down guests to watching the parking lots for trouble.
Don't have your Unarmed Security License? Some companies may reimburse your fees to get your license just so they can sign you up for the Super Bowl. After the game, you still have your license and you can get other event security jobs if you like. It's a win-win.
As you can probably guess, the Super Bowl gets crazy media attention and a lot of companies want to cash in on that. As a result jobs as extra bloggers are available for covering every possible angle of the big game. What was it like to tailgate before the game? The game through the eyes of a hot dog vendor. How about that halftime show? If you can think it up, you can write it up.
Will blogging get you into the game for free? Not likely. However, if you can swing a ticket, you could spin that into some good money with a few good ideas. You might even come out ahead.
Halftime set up
Everyone knows that the halftime show at the Super Bowl is an awesome spectacle. Just think for a moment about how quickly that stage is set up. The whistle blows, the teams leave the field, and the television goes to a commercial break. When the cameras turn back on the stadium, there's a rock concert going on! That takes a lot of people.
For Super Bowl LI in Houston, they had a call out for Halftime Field Team Members. Does it pay? Probably not much, if anything. Most of the time these people are volunteers. Plus, field team members need to commit to weeks of training before the big game to make sure it all goes smoothly.
What do field team members do? They mostly push really large, really heavy pieces of stage and equipment on and off the field.
Here's the perk of this Super Bowl job though: During the show, the field team members are the ones who make up that on-field audience. How cool would that be?
Working one of these Super Bowl jobs may not be as glamorous as it sounds — it's hard work and you probably won't get to see much, if any, of the game itself. Plus, the pay is just a tick above minimum wage in most cases. So if the pay isn't great and the work is tough, why do it? Because you can put “Super Bowl” on your resume! And how cool is that?
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