Red Wings Hiring for Upcoming Season
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The doors of Frontier Field were open Saturday, but instead of welcoming people for a game, people came to the stadium looking for a job.
"I'm a baseball fan. I'm a soccer fan. I'm a football fan," said Peter Metzger of Rochester.
Metzger was one of the many who didn't come with a ticket in hand but instead his resume.
"I'm looking for something to do part-time. That's all I want. I'm retired," said Metzger.
The Red Wings held its annual mass hiring day on Saturday. The organization is hoping to fill a hundred seasonal part-time positions.
"When people come to Frontier Field they are coming in smiling," said Jeff Dodge, Food and Beverage General Manger. "They are here to have a good time and we want folks who are going to interact with them who like having a good time as well."
Dodge says they are in need of applicants 18 or older to work in concessions, the kitchen, the warehouse and as wait staff. The positions pay between minimum wage and up to nine dollars an hour.
"I really want to be in the warehouse. I think that would be best for me," said James Walker of Rochester.
Since the economic downturn, applicants like Walker describe the job hunt as grueling.
"I'm tired of job hunting, job searching and I need a steady job," he said. "I know this job is going to be around every year."
He and others like Ryan Ezula say they've been looking for work for months now.
"It's tough," said Ezula. "Anywhere you look, one day it will be up there's a job, and the next day it's gone."
Dodge says since 2008, they've seen more of a variety of the age of applicants due to the economy.
"We have noticed a change. Usually we get high school students, college students," said Dodge.
He says for those who are still looking, it's not too late to fill out an application after Saturday.
"We hire every week throughout the summer," said Dodge.
Opening day is still more than a month a way. After a morning of interviews, Metzger is sure he'll be back.
"I thought it went well," he said. "In fact I've got a good feeling that I'll be hired."