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NEWORLEANS - The game doesn't take place until February 3, but Super Bowl fever is already starting in New Orleans.

A critical element in making the game a successful event will depend on help from people all over town.

Thousands of volunteers will help prove this city is still the best place in America to host major events.

The Super Bowl XLVII volunteer program kicks into high gear Wednesday night.

New Orleans will join Miami in hosting the most Super Bowls ever - 10 of the games will have been played in each city.

The last Super Bowl played in the city was in 2002, the first game after 9/11. That year volunteers played a critical role in locations all over the city, from greeting visitors at the airport and providing directions, to helping the NFL stage parties and other major events, to duties in the Dome at the game itself.

For Super Bowl XLVII, volunteers will be just as critically important. The Super Bowl Host Committee and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation are seeking 8,000 volunteers.

2,500 volunteers helped make the NCAA Final Four a major success.

Volunteers will play a vital role in not only making sure the scheduled events take place without glitches, but also making New Orleans shine on the national stage as the perfect host city for major events.

'We want this Super Bowl to be the best Super Bowl the NFL has ever had, and the nation has ever experienced before,' said Ron Gardner of the Super Bowl Host Committee.

The committee kicks off the volunteer sign up program at the Wednesdays at the Square concert in Lafayette Square across from Gallier Hall on St. Charles Avenue.

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