Twenty-nine students from Gannon University will be heading to Phoenix, Arizona to work at the NFL Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, Feb. 12, marking the fourth time Gannon students have participated in the NFL’s Super Bowl, the largest sporting event in the U.S.
Students will arrive in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 9 and stay until Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Eric Brownlee, Ph.D., professor in Gannon’s Dahlkemper School of Business, and Jinhee Yoo, Ph.D., associate professor of Sport Management and Marketing, coordinated the event to help students gain real-world experience in hospitality, marketing and media through a paid work experience. A sport business networking component will also be incorporated into the trip.
Brownlee said the upcoming trip will be a valuable experience for students.
“This is an excellent experience for all Gannon students hoping to eventually work in the sports industry full-time and several students that have gone on previous trips with us are now working in the industry,” he said.
This type of opportunity is not common for many colleges and universities. Gannon will be one of 12 schools from across the country attending the big game through the program.
This and similar experiences happen quite frequently for sport business students at the university. Just last year, Gannon students worked for Landmark Event Security for the NFL Mexico Game. This was another paid experience and part of a broader connection that the Gannon Sport Business program has with Landmark Event Security. Gannon students are also working security for Landmark at NFL Games including the Steelers, Browns and Bills and have previously worked at the NFL Draft.