Super Bowl Homes Command $1,600 a Night as Listings Jump
Hotel rates are cheaper than with last year's game in New Orleans, where the average room went for $500 a night during the weekend of the game because of less supply, according to Orbitz. There are almost 109,000 hotel rooms in the New York market, compared with about 37,000 in the Big Easy, according to the travel-research firm STR.
Demand for Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market has so far been average at best, Chris Matcovich, vice president of data for ticket aggregator TiqIQ, said Tuesday. Ticket availability this week was the most in TiqIQ records going back to 2010, with 9,987 available as of Thursday. The average price was $3,804, compared with an average of $3,295 on that date last year, when 3,460 tickets were available.
The fans who do travel for the game also have untraditional options. Patrick Rossi, an oncologist with Novartis AG, this week listed a yacht docked in Jersey City on Craigslist Denver for $4,500 a day.
The 70-foot boat has four staterooms and three full bathrooms, and comes with maid service and a pick-up at Newark Liberty International Airport. There is also a full kitchen, and Rossi said he knows a chef who will be happy to prepare meals there.
"You tell me what you want, I'll work it out," Rossi said. "They'll have total access to the boat."
While Rossi has previously made the boat available for parties and other events, Kennedy, the Greenwich Village resident, is new to renting out his home. He doesn't see himself doing it again in the future, no matter the outcome of his Super Bowl experience.
"I'm trying to take advantage of the circumstances," Kennedy said. "I just figured if I can get this basically free money, why not?"