UT students, staff head to Arizona to work Super Bowl XLIX

UT students and staff are now in Glendale, Arizona to work behind the scenes of Super Bowl XLIX.

UT students and staff are now in Glendale, Arizona to work behind the scenes of Super Bowl XLIX.

This year’s game will be against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. This will be the ninth year a UT team has worked the Super Bowl.

Debbie Mackey, a senior lecturer and director of the Human Resource Management master’s program, and Brian Russell, head of the Thornton’s Student Life Center, will be leading the team members throughout their experience.

“Students get to see all aspects of business through the biggest sporting event of the year. They are able to network with alumni’s and learn about opportunities to further their career,” Mackey said.

Team members have the opportunity to network with different professionals in Arizona. On Wednesday, they went to the Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament and met with a professional golfer and caddie. They were able to ask them questions about their sport and business backgrounds. On Thursday, they were able to tour the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium.  They will begin working with the NFL on Saturday and Sunday.

“What I’m most excited about is the Super Bowl. It is an incredible experience, and I am really excited to see the atmosphere of the game. The Super Bowl is a bucket-list event for many people, so I expect it to be a great environment,” said Will Crocket, one of the team members.

Crockett said students wanting to get involved go through an application process that involves an interview that focuses on past experiences and student involvement. Students need to gain experience in event management and other related fields. He also said the best thing to do is be proactive in looking for opportunities to build resume experience.

Edited by Courtney Anderson