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01/31/2011

Officials urging XLV volunteers to work more shifts

The NFL Experience drew over 75,000 fans in the first four days of opening.

And since 4,500 Super Bowl XLV volunteers are largely the ones staffing the interactive theme park at the Dallas Convention Center, officials said it's imperative that they show up for their shifts.

"The one thing you will always struggle with is going to be an attrition rate," said Amanda Whitelaw, volunteers service manager for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. "We've had a great turnout at everything, but at the NFL Experience, there have been a few no-shows. We're trying to get our volunteers who are registered to get out there and help us. "

In fact, Whitelaw emphasized that any XLV volunteers who want to work more shifts are more than welcome.

"This weekend, right before Super Bowl, the NFL Experience is going to be slammed with guests locally and also guests from all over the world,"  Whitelaw said. "...We need to put our best foot forward.' "

"Without our volunteers, these events don’t run," she added. "... Our volunteers are representing North Texas and, without them, the show stops. ... Their role is so integral.’"

OK, Super Bowl volunteers, you know what to do: Log onto the Super Bowl Host Committee website and sign up for more shifts.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been previously assigned to greet visitors at the airports and hotels, work in the office operations, direct event traffic, or work the NFL Experience, if you’ve got some extra time, they’ve got a place for you at the NFL Experience.

Being a Super Bowl volunteer is fun. I know, because I am one.

And I'll be doing my part at the NFL Experience on Wednesday.

-- Melody McDonald

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