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.
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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.
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.