In the midst of the excitement surrounding Super Bowl LIV, it’s worth taking a moment to acknowledge that a piece of Ohio will be present on the field. The balls used during the game are made at the Wilson Sporting Goods factory in Ada, Ohio. This factory has been sending handmade balls to the Super Bowl since the first game in 1955.
Project manager at Wilson, Mike Springer, expressed his pride in this achievement. “The footballs produced here will be in the center of attention in front of millions of people,” he said. “Every point scored in an NFL game was scored with a ball from our facility.”
Caroline Milligan, a longtime worker at the factory who has been there for 45 years, shared her enthusiasm for her work and co-workers. At 81 years old, she looks forward to watching the commercials during the Super Bowl and seeing her contribution come to life on such a large scale.
Springer noted that this time of year is significant not only for Wilson Football but also for the entire village of Ada. As Ohioans watch the game on VHIO-TV this Sunday at 6:30 p.m., they can take pride knowing that their state is represented on both sides of the ball.