Alumnus helps develop positive Super Bowl experience for fans

February 07, 2021

Ahearn sits on a Super Bowl sign

Luke Ahearn ’20 is working hard to help ensure that football fans have a safe and enjoyable Super Bowl experience, one that they will cherish for years to come.

As an operations manager for the Super Bowl Experience and Game Day Fan Plaza, the marketing alumnus is responsible for overseeing a team of area managers who each direct 40-plus teammates who make it possible for fans to participate in a variety of activities, and see the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“I am beyond excited to be down in Tampa and working at the experience,” he said. “I have learned a lot being in Tampa this year and Miami last year — including that there are good people out there that want to see you succeed and be happy.”

He said he has also learned that hard work opens doors.

“I was presented with this opportunity when I was recognized at the International Tennis Hall of Fame for my strong work ethic,” Ahearn said.

He attributes much of his success to Professor Rich Hanley, and, in particular, in his Story of Football class.

“I am utilizing the knowledge from that class as I engage fans and professionals,” he said. “Beyond the classroom, Quinnipiac has given me confidence in my ability to step up and lead in big moments.”

Ahearn said he feels fortunate to have the opportunity to positive impact fans’ experiences.

“The Super Bowl Experience can bring in more than 100,000 people, and every day presents new challenges,” he said. “Being able to take the reins and make decisions is paramount in ensuring that each individual fan enjoys every moment.”

He encourages any student interested in guidance of mentorship to ask for help.

“Reach out to me. Reach out to anyone in the industry,” he said. “Everyone I have met working in sports has always tried to help my career and only offered encouragement. Utilizing connections is very important. Doing a job you like, and working for something that you are passionate about will make you better at your job, and more successful in the long run."

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