Super Bowl Puts Up 'Help Wanted' Sign, 2,500 Jobs to Fill

By Mary Collins

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 12:12 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (Indy Star)--- Hiring is under way for about 2,500 temporary jobs as security guards and screeners, guest service representatives, greeters, ticket takers and ushers.

SAFE Management, a Florida-based company, has performed those security and guest service duties for the past seven Super Bowls and has been hired again by the National Football League to staff next year's game.

The small army of security forces has been dubbed the "red shirts" at previous Super Bowls because of their T-shirts and jackets with the SAFE name on the back. Guest services workers often wear blue shirts.

Though the city has handled several hundred thousand race fans each year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Super Bowl is new territory for security and hospitality.

Lucas Oil Stadium, which usually seats about 63,000 for football, will have seating for 70,000 for game day on Feb. 5. But local organizers said twice that many people are expected in the city for NFL events besides the game.

SAFE Management has set up temporary offices in a Fountain Square building, at 1029 Fletcher Ave., to begin recruiting workers for the game.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. SAFE will provide the needed training,.

Security guards will earn $11 an hour and may be scheduled to work over a period of several weeks in January and February. They will be assigned inside and outside Lucas Oil Stadium and at several Downtown hotels and other locations in the metro area that will host Super Bowl events, NFL officials, teams, news media and other guests.

Ushers and ticket takers will be paid $9.50 an hour and probably will work only on game day.

Ticket takers at previous Super Bowls have had to spot counterfeit tickets and turn away gate crashers.

Law enforcement agencies also have been preparing for the event for months.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said before other Super Bowls that there were no terrorist threats specific to those games.

However, the government designates the NFL's championship game, watched by more than 130 million people on television, as a Level One security event.

The FBI, CIA and Secret Service were in the security mix for previous Super Bowls. The Environmental Protection Agency has used low-flying airplanes to sniff the cities' air for anything unusual.

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