Super Bowl Fans Won't Find Bargains in Dallas
Hotel rates in cities that host the Super Bowl on average more than double from the same week in the previous year and generally average more than $300 a night, reports the Dallas Morning News.
"With the Super Bowl ... wherever you are you're going to get [on average] a 100 percent bump, maybe more," says Bobby Bowers, senior vice president of Smith Travel Research, reports the paper. "I would say you're going to be in that same range."
Dallas-Fort Worth has about 100,000 hotel rooms, so Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers fans can still find a place to stay. The host city of Arlington website list a variety of accommodations, with prices ranging from $140 to $699. Of course, the closer you are to Cowboys Stadium, the higher price you'll pay.
One of the more outrageous rates reported by the paper is at a Super 8 Motel near the stadium which is charging $699 the night of the game.
"The hotels, they're going to make it while they can," says Jay Smith, president of Hatfield, Mass.-based SportsTravelandTours.com. "You might get a Holiday Inn trying to get $399 or $499 because they can."
Officials in Arlington and Irving, though, say rates below $100 can still be found and even an average of $200 a night is a pretty good catch.
"A $200-a-night rate for being around the Super Bowl, and being close, is an extremely reasonable rate," says Diane Brandon, vice president of marketing for Arlington.
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