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Thousands become Super Bowl volunteers


New Orleans, La. - The Lombardi Trophy now glows over Champions Square where thousands of Super Bowl fans will soon gather.

The massive image on the Hyatt Hotel is a symbol of what it's all about as the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers go head to head in the Dome for Super Bowl XLVII.

The glowing trophy will be just a part of what fans can expect as they gear up for the big game in Champions Square.

"It will have games and live entertainment and that's going to extend up to the top of each of the parking garages that overlook Champions Square. They are going to put artificial turf on top of the garages and build them out, so it's going to be unrecognizable," says Eric Eagan of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

In the days leading up to the game, 8,000 volunteers will help fans maneuver around the city and they'll be answering questions.

"Our volunteers are pretty seasoned, so they'll be able to spot when someone is looking for help. They are also going to be equipped with IPADs and other technology that Verizon has donated," says Jay Cicero.

Four thousand volunteers will work the NFL Experience at the Convention Center. Nearly 500 will greet visitors at 13 downtown hotels and another thousand will be roaming the CBD and French Quarter.

"It's a great way for locals to get involved and be ambassadors for the city and showcase the wonderful hospitality this city has to offer," says volunteer Risa Hall.

They'll wear uniforms that consists of a polo shirt and jacket and work four to five hour shifts.

There's no pay involved and no one will get a ticket to the Super Bowl, but that didn't stop 17,000 people from signing up.

All of the volunteers selected have gone through training sessions and were given one command, never say, I don't know.

"That's right. That's not the answer that we want out there. They should say, I will find out that answer for you. That's the type of service that we are trying to promote. It's a new day in New Orleans," says Cicero.

Whether fans are strolling along Decatur Street or heading to Champions Square for a party with the Lombardi, the city says fans can expect top notch treatment.

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