Fans looking to book a hotel for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis next year could struggle to find a room anywhere near U.S. Bank Stadium.
The NFL required 19,000 hotel rooms for the Super Bowl, according to Meet Minneapolis. There are fewer than 10,000 rooms in the downtown area between the 35 largest hotels.
Todd Webster from Oak Grove started scouting room rates months ago but was repeatedly told availability would not be listed until February, which is one year before the game.
But when Webster tried to book a room near the stadium this week, the downtown hotels had already sold out.
“I didn’t get a chance,” said Webster, who added attending a Super Bowl with his wife is on their bucket list.
“I figured it’s not going to be cheaper to go anywhere else so I thought, ‘Oh, we’re having it in Minnesota that’s great time to go,’” he said.
The drastic difference in supply and demand downtown is leading to a price surge in the secondary market, surrounding suburbs and on home rental sites like AirBNB.
A one-bedroom downtown apartment is listed for $10,000 per night on Super Bowl weekend.
The Websters were willing to spend an entire vacation budget to stay downtown where they could walk the skyways to pregame festivities.
They ended up booking a room in Coon Rapids despite planning more than a year in advance.
“It’s like going to Mardi Gras and staying 20 minutes outside of New Orleans,” Webster said.