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Nearly 10K Attend 'Crew 52' Orientation for Super Bowl LII

The Crew 52 volunteers gathered to receive their official uniforms to take on Super Bowl LII.

Thousands of volunteers attended orientation in anticipation of Super Bowl LII, which is slated for Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee hosted the kickoff training session Sunday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul and welcomed nearly all of the 10,000 individuals who were selected to be part of Crew 52. The force of volunteers will be on the front lines to welcome and guide more than 1 million visitors to Minnesota in the 10 days leading up to the big game.

Former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway also was on hand Sunday as the Crew 52 Captain.

During the orientation, Crew 52 volunteers were surprised with a video message from Tony Dungy, the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach, former Vikings defensive coordinator and Gophers football alum.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who received a standing ovation from the energetic crowd, spoke to volunteers about their role in promoting public safety during the 10-day "Super Bowl Live" festival. The Minneapolis Police Department is the lead law enforcement agency for Super Bowl LII and is working closely with local, state and federal agencies on security and safety plans.

The Crew 52 team also heard from Greenway and were informed about next steps in the training process. While volunteers will be required to attend additional training, Sunday's event was the only time in which all 10,000 will be invited for a single session.

Leading up to orientation, volunteers had been encouraged to bring new or gently used winter clothing items such as hats, gloves and coats to donate to Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota. According to the MNSBHC, more than 13,000 pieces of donated clothing were collected Sunday afternoon.

Part of the orientation included an unveiling of the Crew 52 "Volunteer Uniform Kit" that included the following items:

• Purple long-sleeved polo

• Turquoise lightweight puffer jacket

• Blue shell jacket

• Scarf

• Multicolor novelty socks

• Crew 52 Volunteer backpack

• Purple "Bold North" mittens

• Crew 52 Love Your Melon beanie

• Travel mug

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