Crew 52 displays Minnesota nice to SB visitors

The temperature outside on Super Bowl Sunday was the coldest on record. However, the warmth extended to fans attending the game was at record level as well.

After all the preparation and hype, it’s finally over. Hosting Super Bowl LII was a major success for the state of Minnesota.

It’s unfortunate that some Minnesotans chose to take advantage of the situation. The photo posted on Facebook by the Independent of parking costing $100 at one lot was a little disturbing.

However, more than 10,000 Minnesotans chose to follow the creed of “Minnesota Nice” in welcoming and assisting visitors to Minneapolis. Officially, 10,000 volunteers were chosen out of 30,000 applicants to work the front lines in welcoming people for the big game as part of group called “Crew 52.” There were probably thousands more who just helped visitors on their own during the days leading up to the big game.

Several football fans from southwest Minnesota made the cut for Crew 52. They represented southwest Minnesota and the rest of Minnesota well.

“It helps with the tourism in our state. It’s good for our economy if we can keep visitors coming back to Minnesota,” said Crew 52 member from Marshall, Elizabeth Sullivan.

“It was a great experience and I enjoyed welcoming people from all over to the great state of Minnesota,” said another local volunteer, Darci Love.

It was a championship effort by the Crew 52.

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