BW students in uniform to work Super Bowl 50

BW's largest Super Bowl contingent yet dives into a weeklong Super Bowl 50 experience that includes credentialed, paid work.

Sport Management Majors Notch 4th Consecutive Super Bowl Experience

February 8, 2016

BW students in uniform to work Super Bowl 50For the fourth year in row, a group of BW students worked behind the scenes at the Super Bowl, one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. BW sport management professor Charles Campisi, Ph.D. led BW's largest Super Bowl contingent yet to San Francisco, with 31 students, five faculty, three alumni, and one BW graduate assistant working on-location on game day and at the events leading up to Super Bowl 50.

“Our students get the chance to experience Super Bowl week and game day from behind the scenes, and to gain an understanding of what it takes to plan, organize, and execute a true sports spectacle," said Campisi, who earned his own Super Bowl ring during his days in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office.

Balancing Work with Enrichment

BW sport management majors ready to work Super Bowl 50Campisi said the students (mostly sport management majors) worked paid, credentialed jobs at "The NFL Experience" at the Moscone Center, and provided guest relations support for VIP parties on game day at Levi's Stadium. The group's itinerary included field experiences in addition to their NFL duties.

"We try to structure this trip so the students have a work component, educational enrichment and some fun, too," Campisi said. "So, for example, we've scheduled trips to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and the PAC12 Studios."

Making a Return Trip

Eric Dalton '16, who serves as president of the BW Sport Management Club, has been on every trip. "I cannot believe that this is our fourth Super Bowl as a club," Dalton said. "It's amazing the opportunities that have been provided to us. The NFL treats us well. We end up coming home with gear that's not available to the public. All around, it's been a highlight of my college career."

"My Super Bowl experience was amazing and solidified my dream of pursuing marquee event management after graduation," agreed Ariana Woods '16 of Parma Heights, Ohio.

Students Shine in Media 

In an on-set news interview at WKYC Channel 3, Devan Anderson '17, of Maple Heights, Ohio said "We see how the game brings brings a lot of people together; there are so many people from all over the world who come together to put on this event... that's amazing to see."

Dalton added, "The most amazing part is seeing all the moving parts... and how they all move together so fluently."

Leveraging a Super Experience for Career

BW students work vip guest relations at Super Bowl 50Julianna Rubin '17 of Ft. Pierce, Fla., who aspires to be a sports agent, told WOIO Channel 19 news that she had lined up an extra opportunity. "This year, I'm lucky to have connected with (agent) Leigh Steinberg's office and I'll actually be able to attend his party and volunteer there. So, it's all about networking."

Woods, who has already interviewed with the New York Mets, told News that the Super Bowl experience helped to make her resume stand out. "The Mets were definitely impressed with my Super Bowl experience," she said. "It shows you're not scared to work big events."

It seems, no matter what the score at the end of the big game, BW students who are working to break into the sport management field come away feeling like the winners.

Media Coverage of BW's Super Bowl 50 Trip

WKYC Channel 3-on set

WOIO Channel 19 News