June 16, 2017 12:44 PM
When Minnesota hosts the Super Bowl next February, it will be a chance for U.S. Bank Stadium to shine in the national spotlight. But the big game is also expected to break records in other areas as well.
The day after the Super Bowl is expected to be the busiest day ever at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Officials say the National Football League has told them the region should expect around 1,100 private planes and jets for the event, on top of normal commercial traffic. In fact, the entire state is bracing for increased air traffic that week.
"Duluth was in the room today, Owatonna was on the phone today," Phil Burke, operations director at MSP, said. "So, it's a much bigger event from that perspective."
Burke was part of a monthly Super Bowl planning session held Thursday at the airport. KSTP was the only local station invited inside that meeting. Burke said coordinating with other groups in advance is critical to the streamlining of the details of a massive event like the Super Bowl. He said passengers traveling through MSP that week can expect to see more agents at security checkpoints to handle the larger crowds, as well as special Super Bowl displays to welcome visitors to the Twin Cities.
"The airport is the first and last point of entry for Super Bowl activities," Kyle Chank, with the Super Bowl host committee, said.
Chank said most of the discussions come back to the same thing – safety.
"Ensuring that the public safety of everyone who comes in here is important," he said.
From coordinating with police to making contingency plans in case a winter storm hits, Chank says they are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
"We are ready to showcase that for Super Bowl 52," he said.
The Super Bowl Host Committee is also still looking for volunteers to join its "Crew 52." Some of those volunteers will be stationed at the airport to greet visitors and help them get around the Twin Cities.
Click here if you'd like to apply to be a volunteer.
Updated: June 16, 2017 12:44 PM
Created: June 15, 2017 08:42 PM
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