MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Delane Cleveland saw the Super Bowl Halftime Show live eight times.
"My responsibility was: I push this piece of stage equipment and enjoy the show," said Cleveland, who is a reporter for CCX News in Brooklyn Park.
Cleveland, a die-hard Vikings fan, wanted to be inside U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII, so he took a couple of vacation days from work and signed up to be one of 500 field team members.
"We would have six minutes of set up, we'd have 13 minutes of actual show, and six minutes of take down," said Cleveland.
And, six full days of rehearsal.
It all started with an orientation meeting in mid-January. Then, during the first couple of rehearsals, Cleveland was learning how to push and turn the 50-pound equipment efficiently.
Then, it all ramped up last Thursday.
"All the previous rehearsals that we'd seen there was this gap, like we'd go through the entire show, but there was a three-minute gap when literally we're hearing nothing," said Cleveland.
Thursday, though, he saw the secret: Justin Timberlake playing piano next to a giant, flowing sheet with Prince's image as both sang Prince's Top 10 hit, "I Would Die 4 U."
Cleveland also saw Prince's symbol lit purple around U.S. Bank Stadium; he wasn't told how that was done, only that it was pre-produced.
KARE 11 reached out to the MN Super Bowl Host Committee the NFL but did not get an answer on how exactly the image was made.
"The moment that I saw that skyline shot I was just like - the crowd, or at the very least all of Minnesota is going to go crazy when they see this," said Cleveland.
There were major fireworks pre-produced, too, only we never saw any. Cleveland says, NBC canceled them after final rehearsal on Saturday.
"Their HD cameras would pick up all the little particles from the fireworks and they didn't want to have that affect their broadcast starting the 3rd quarter," said Cleveland.
The stage that Cleveland worked so hard to learn will only be used this one time. Cleveland was told it would be "sitting in a dumpster this morning."