Airbnb prices are roughly triple the cost of a normal weekend for some Atlanta homes near Mercedes-Benz Stadium the weekend of Super Bowl LIII.
A week ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, a quick Airbnb search of a 1 mile radius around the stadium for an entire home able to accomodate four guests from Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, which is the weekend of the big game, returns an average nightly rate of $1,717.
So, three nights in Atlanta for Super Bowl weekend would result in more than $5,000 in expenses on average, and that doesn't include shelling out big money for tickets to the big game.
The cheapest spots for fans to crash for the big weekend are marked in the $300 to $500 per night range, as of one week before kickoff. Fans that choose to stay there can expect free parking on the premises, Wi-Fi, kitchen use and a washer. Alternatively, there are more than 300 rentals charging over $1,000 per night for the in-demand weekend.
Without changing any of the perameters other than the date to the following weekend, the same area shows an average rate of $524 per night. Moving forward another week, the rate drops to $432 per night.
For Super Bowl weekend, the homes on offer on Airbnb appear to be more than triple the rate of a regular weekend.
A one bedroom, one bathroom apartment still available for $300 per night on Super Bowl weekend is available for $80 per night on a regular weekend. Another apartment listed for $325 per night for Super Bowl weekend is available for $88 per night a couple weekends later.
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While the markup on Super Bowl tickets has been widely documented, the markup on short-term rentals to watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots may end up costing even more than the cost of admission at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.