Waunakee native to help Super Bowl planning: 'I'm humbled to be here'

Published: Feb. 3, 2018 at 1:08 PM CST
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It’s the biggest sporting event of the year, and a Waunakee, Wis., native is part of the Official Super Bowl Host Committee Planning Committee.

Erin Moran, a junior at Edgewood College, applied for an intern position, and since has been busy learning fast about the big event and how it is planned to be a success.

When she’s not running around downtown, she’s working above the city, in a quiet office, with a view of U.S. Bank Stadium not many people get to see.

“I’m very humbled to be up here,” Moran said. “It’s Crazy the world is watching Minneapolis this weekend. The world is watching Minnesota. It’s cool for the Midwest.”

Moran was selected to work on the committee as part of select group of interns.

“On my very first day, I thought, ‘you trust me to do this?’ It was a lot of like travel planning for some of the artists that came in, or welcome packages for owners of the NFL teams, or players, or working with the teams in the playoffs in case they made it here,” Moran said. “So, lots of really cool behind-the-scenes stuff that I didn’t even know that happened.”

Moran said she’s working with the marketing and entertainment departments, which includes managing the green rooms, working with sponsors and meeting celebrities.

“I got to mean Jimmy Jam and Terry [Lewis], and work with them last weekend, and they’re still here,” Moran said. “That was amazing. Really cool. They’re really sweet. They’re just very excited to be back here. A lot of the artists know them, and are very thankful they brought them back here.”

Moran said the connections she’s made, constant driving back and forth from Madison to the Twin Cities and the long hours are worth it for her future.

“It’s been cool to have the support from my teachers too, to be flexible with remote classes, to be up here with the once in a life time opportunity but also help still manage my life back home,” Moran said.

Moran’s life in the big city is different than life in Wisconsin.

“A lot different than Waunakee!” Moran said.

The Super Bowl Experience has her excited for the future, but thankful for her home and support back in the state that helped prepare her.