We have company
coming. 100,000 people to be exact. When
Make no mistake; this is a really big deal. During game week close to 100,000 people will visit our city. Among them 3,000 credentialed journalists, so we had better be on our best behavior. The game will be televised and should reach close to a billion people in 201 countries.
What do you do when companies coming? You clean house and
fix-up. So our stadium, city and airports are busy getting ready for our
guests. The first week of November some of the more than 9,000 volunteers
met for a three hour training session at the
As the eager audience of would be “ambassadors” waited for the program to start, you could feel a kind of cheer leading energy in the room. This is a lot more then a football game, organizers reminded us. It is our chance to show off our home town and demonstrate what a great place it is to live or have a business.
Hosting 100,000 guests takes a lot of planning. A parade of enthusiastic presenters briefed us on airport parking, security, medical assistance and the locations of key venues during Super Bowl Week. We were not surprised to learn there were no volunteer opportunities inside the stadium and absolutely no tickets available.
The only topic that no one talked about was the weather. No
one wants to talk about weather in
What more could we want? How about one of the teams dressed in teal?
Our porch photo is of Wallow Lodge on Sapelo Island, Georgia.
Dickie Anderson is a free-lance writer living on Amelia Island, Florida. Born in Seattle, Washington raised in Chicago and schooled in New York, Dickie ended up in Iowa City, Iowa where she was responsible for the marketing of the men's and women's athletic programs at the University of Iowa. She started her own marketing and consulting business and moved to Amelia Island. Her quirky look at mid-life and living on a barrier island off Northern Florida resulted in her weekly column, From the Porch, for the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Florida's daily newspaper. Learn more about Dickie and her books at http://www.dickieanderson.com .
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