However, on Thursday, one of the team members put out a public plea for help on Twitter.
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Dustin Nielson said Guinness officials advised them they need two refs and two linesmen at all times — twice as many officials as they had planned. Nielson said no referee experience is needed, but volunteers must be over the age of 18. Shifts are two hours long.
He asked Edmonton to come together and help out the cause, directing people to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a World's Longest Game Emergency! WE NEED REFS, Guinness has all of sudden said we need 2 refs and 2 linesmen at all times instead of just two refs. No ref experience needed, must be 18! Please email email@example.com . Need a rally here Edmonton, please RT
Nielson later tweeted that the organization had received an overwhelming response, and they were working to reply to everyone who offered to help out.
If you've emailed to help with reffing for the longest game please be patient, our organizer is sorting through all the emails, overwhelming response, I will let you know if we still need more. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/Y6qVB76KlG