Super Bowl XLV becomes learning laboratory for Lynn students
Published Feb. 01, 2011
This week, eight Lynn University sports management students and two professors will turn Super Bowl XLV in Dallas into a classroom.
In a one-of-a-kind educational experience, the class will travel to the site of this year's Super Bowl, Cowboys Stadium, to study stadium management and major sports event operations with Super Bowl officials, including executives with the National Football League, the NFL Alumni Association and the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee.
The students and their professors also will attend the Super Bowl game on Sunday, and hold a formal three-hour class session – focusing on sponsorships, security and risk management – in Cowboys Stadium, during pre-game warm-ups.
“For Lynn students, learning doesn’t end in the classroom – it begins there,” says Lynn sports management professor Ted Curtis, who is joined on the trip by fellow professor Charles Barr.
During their five days in North Texas – a part of this third-annual, three-credit “Super Bowl Experience” course – Lynn students also will go behind-the-scenes with sports executives at the Cotton Bowl, the Ballpark in Arlington, American Airlines Center, Southern Methodist University and Texas Motor Speedway.
“This active learning experience will stay with our students in their future careers as leaders in this multi-billion dollar sports industry,” says Curtis.
Lynn graduates work for dozens of teams and leagues throughout professional and intercollegiate sports.
Active learning is a hallmark of the Lynn sports management education, which also offers opportunities working with:
- NCAA Men's Final Four®, as part of “The Final Four® Experience” course
- Winter and Summer X Games, as part of “The X Games Experience” courses
- Orange Bowl, Dolphin Stadium, BankAtlantic Center, Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship, and in dozens of internships in pro and collegiate sports nationwide