North Central’s campus will be shut down between Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. and Feb. 5 at 12 p.m. due to the activity of the Super Bowl happening in Minneapolis. Students have been asked to leave campus during this time. Photo via Northerner Staff.
North Central facilities to be used for Super Bowl functions; no classes held
In 1992, Super Bowl XXVI was held in Minneapolis. Nearly 26 years later, America’s biggest sporting event is returning to Minneapolis, but this time, it is a completely different beast.
When the Super Bowl comes to a city, the National Football League (NFL) does what they call a land grab. This NFL requires a certain amount of space and buildings to house their various operations to effectively function during the event. The official Super Bowl committee scopes out what facilities will work for the needs of the Super Bowl. On this process began last year North Central began considering how to contribute.
“It always starts out with; how do we serve the community?” said Todd Monger, executive director of student development.
According to Monger, the Super Bowl is a great opportunity for North Central. Monger believes the Super Bowl will provide massive exposure for North Central, as well as provide an opportunity for community outreach. Monger explained that North Central longs to be the “how can we help” kind of place instead of closing off the door to the needs of its community.
“Being a member of our community is huge for us” Monger said.
It will be extremely difficult for students to gain a quality education during the Super Bowl week, according to Monger. Students will not be easily able to get to campus due to the expected extreme traffic throughout Minneapolis. Besides affecting on-campus students, the traffic would create extra difficulty for commuter students. Even if students could get to their classes they wouldn’t be able to learn well, Monger said.
“Even if you’re not looking out the window, you’re just aware that there’s something going on out there” said Monger. “It doesn’t really set you up for a good learning experience.”
Philipps Hall resident Mikayla Saak, sophomore, has applied to stay on campus during the 10-day break at North Central for the Super Bowl. She works two jobs in Minneapolis that expect her to be here and working. Saak has mixed emotions about North Central shutting down for the 10-day time period, however she believes that North Central has handled it the best way possible.
“North Central has been very good with communicating all the details and requirements if you are needing to stay on campus during this time,” Saak said.
Carlson Hall resident Ken Schrock, sophomore, believes the Super Bowl coming to Minnesota will have positive impacts on Minneapolis and North Central.
“Because of North Central’s unique position in the city, it has the opportunity to make business connections that we wouldn’t get to make if it hadn’t been here,” Schrock said.
Schrock said the break will help some students pay for the semester that week as they go back home and work. Schrock will be headed home for the Super Bowl.
“Going home will allow me to take a little break and give me some freedom, whereas if I stay I’ll be stuck on campus and won’t have the freedom to go around campus freely” Schrock said.
Monger explained there is a misconception that North Central is making a large quantity of money from this agreement. He expressed his frustration with the statements that North Central was selling students rooms. “Simply inaccurate,” Monger said.
The NFL informed Minneapolis airports to be prepared for 60,000-70,000 people arriving to the city by airplanes.
“We’re looking at 12 to 15 hundred aircraft coming in to all of our airports” said the Manager of Reliever Airports, Mike Wilson in an interview with Kare11.
Airports will not be the only public transportation service feeling the effects of the Super Bowl. The Metro Transit rail system will be running on all cylinders for the 10-day span of activities. According to KTSP, Howie Padilla, spokesperson for Metro Transit, the transit will need all hands-on deck for the duration of the activities.
People who remember the 1992 Super Bowl, will won’t recognize the 10-day-long extravaganza. The Super Bowl has become so much more than a football game; it has evolved into a week packed full of events that will affect the entire city.
“The 1992 Super Bowl was just a speck of what it is today” said Dave Haselman, chief operating officer of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee in an interview with the Star Tribune.