Final Four Volunteers Start Work as Teams Battle for a Trip to San Antonio

In one week, tens of thousands of college basketball fans and media from all over the country will be flocking to the Alamodome for the Final Four, and longtime volunteers say the event has come a long way from its modest roots, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"The last time, it was Kid Rock and Taylor Swift before she was Taylor Swift," Melissa Burnett, who is working the Music Fest this year, says.  "Now, we've got these huge headliners."

This week, it was announced that country music superstar Jason Aldean, OneRepublic, Panic at the Disco!, Kelsea Ballerini, Luis Fonsi and Daya will be joining Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons as part of a fan-focused party around the games.

"We know how to have a party. We have Fiesta every single year.  So we really know how to be hospitable to all the visitors who come," Burnett says.

She's one of a handful of volunteers who have been working these type of events, as a part of San Antonio Sports, for years.  Her track record dates back to the Women's Final Four in 2002, but she's not alone.  The local organizing committee has been blessed with a handful of key volunteers - this year they're called point guards - to make sure the high profile events run smoothly.

They'll be playing key roles in the Final Four at a time when San Antonio has dreams of hosting more college basketball championships, which brings millions of dollars to the economy.

"If the volunteers are as great as they always are, there is no reason we should not be in the running."

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