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A Niagara University professor of sports management and 13 students are working behind the scenes at today’s Super Bowl.

This is the fifth year that students from the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management have worked at the Super Bowl. This year they are under the direction of Jimmy Smith, Ph.D., a new member of the faculty originally from Renton, Wash. Smith was already excited to lead the group on its five-day trip, but, he said, “Being able to do so in the same year that the Seahawks make their second-ever Super Bowl appearance is icing on the cake.”

The trip included job training at the Meadowlands for the students, who will fill a variety of hospitality jobs in MetLife Stadium on game day, where 82,000 fans are expected to see the matchup. The students also spent time sightseeing and participating in the NFL Boulevard Experience, the league’s interactive theme park. The group will return home Monday afternoon.

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