“Where To Stay for Super Bowl LII In Minneapolis” was written by Cale Loken, a digital marketer at 301 Madison Consulting, LLC. You can find more information about Cale at his website https://301consulting.com
The Super Bowl is one of the most exciting sporting event in the U.S., and it just keeps getting bigger every year. 2018’s Super Bowl LII (52) is going to be hosted by U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4th. Sounds like a great time to visit Minnesota! But, where are you going to stay when you get there?
Where to Stay in Minneapolis for Superbowl LII
There is always a huge problem with lodging when enormous events like the Super bowl roll around. No matter where it happens, things get tricky with hotels and vacation rentals. But, Minneapolis has an extra problem that some of the recent host cities don’t have. U.S. Bank Stadium is right in the middle of downtown Minneapolis, not outside the city as many other large stadiums tend to be.
What this means is that visitors coming from all over the world to stay for the Super Bowl and related activities won’t have quite as many nearby options. Most people would prefer to stay within a 20-mile radius of the stadium, but options may be a bit more limited in the Twin Cities.
If you want to book a downtown Minneapolis hotel room for the Super Bowl, you can forget about that dream. There are only about 10,000 hotel rooms in the downtown area itself, all of which have been booked since February of 2017. Most of these rooms were booked by the NFL, which stated it would rent a total of 19,000 rooms for teams, officials, sponsors, staff, and media personnel.
Luckily, downtown isn’t the only option. They call Minneapolis one of the Twin Cities because of its close proximity to St. Paul, Minnesota. If you go a little farther away from the stadium, you’ll find a lot more hotel options than you will directly downtown. Staying near any public transit hub will help you make up for that distance without any real stress – and you’ll save a lot of money the farther out you go!
Some Super Bowl trip planners recommend you book accommodation closer to the pre-game events you want to attend, since you will likely want to enjoy what’s going on around the city before the game starts. You are only going to spend a handful of hours at the stadium itself, but there is not much going on in other parts of the city ten days prior to the Super Bowl, and you may not want to miss out on it.
In total, there are around 40,000 hotel rooms in the Twin Cities area. It’s expected that at least 135,000 people will be coming from out of town for that week’s festivities, although they won’t all need separate rooms. Hotels may be booked early, or will have much higher rates than usual because of the lack of rooms available in the city.
To fill in the gap left by hotels, many people in and around Minneapolis are looking at renting out their homes for the 2-week period before the Super Bowl. Everything from condos in the Twin Cities area to residential homes in the suburbs or private villas can be found online for rent. You can look at a few different places for personal home rentals:
Probably the largest and most reliable option, AirBnB is working together with home-owners in the Minneapolis area to help them safely list individual rooms or their whole home on the site. Some entire homes near downtown are going for as much as $1,500 per person per night, while others are renting single rooms outside of town for a more modest $150 per night.
However, the closer you get to the stadium, the higher prices get for both whole homes and private rooms. Some apartment rentals cost as much as $7,000 per night in the days leading up to the Super Bowl! These places are extremely close to the stadium venue, with many offering a lot of amenities and a beautiful view to go along with it.
Shared rooms and single room rentals are the cheapest options, although they don’t offer the same frills and amenities as the pricier options. One host is offering individual bunks in a shared residence just three blocks from the stadium for around $275 per night. Considering the location, deals like this are hard to come by, with a 3-bedroom apartment next door charging upwards of $3,000 per night.
As of mid-August, 2017, more than 300+ private rentals were listed on AirBnB for the greater Twin Cities and Minneapolis areas.
You can find just about anything on Craigslist, including short-term vacation rentals for the Super Bowl! More than 80 listings were on Craigslist for the Minneapolis are as of mid-August. These range from entire 18-bedroom mansion homes, full 3-bedroom homes with the option for a private chef, and 1-bedroom apartments farther away in the city.
You can check out the standard VRBO.com as well as some niche super bowl rental websites on search engines. There are a few scattered listings of owners who have websites specifically for their Super Bowl rental in Minneapolis.
When to Book Your Stay – and How Much to Pay
If you’re already planning to go to the Super Bowl, book right now. Even if you’re on the fence about going, book your lodging now. If you end up not being able to go, you can cancel most reservations ahead of time with no extra fees or minimal cancellation fees.
Those fees are nothing compared to how much prices are estimated to jump as we get closer to the event itself. As more rooms are booked, the remaining rooms will get more expensive. A good location that costs $500 per night now may cost upwards of $10,000 if you delay too much. Because of the lack of places to stay close to the stadium, prices for accommodation during this Super Bowl are much higher than you may have seen in other cities in previous years.
Take advantage of early prices and book ahead. You have little to no chance of finding a good place anywhere near downtown by the middle of January.
What to Do While You’re in Minneapolis
Many hotels and private rentals require you to book for a certain number of nights instead of just staying the night of the big game. You may be required to book up to 3 nights. Or, maybe you just want to get a taste of the fun and excitement that the Super Bowl brings to the host cities. Keep in mind that this is one place where the rich and famous go to party every year, so there will be a lot going on in the 10 days leading up to the big game! Other than sightseeing around the city in the beautiful winter, here are some options on things to do:
Not all the pre-game parties have been announced or their venues listed, but you can bet on a lot of high profile celebrities and entertainers being featured in parties happening across the city.
Local City Activities
Super Bowl host cities themselves often have a lot of events lined up for out-of-town visitors to enjoy their stay. Look for local listings closer to the game time.
Mall of America
The famous Mall of America is a short drive south of downtown Minneapolis, and it’s got a lot going on to celebrate the Super Bowl coming to town! This is where the media party is expected to be hosted.
Football Bazaar at Nicollet Mall
Another large, local mall is the Nicollet Mall. They have already announced there will be a football bazaar hosted there that will feature a variety of NFL stars signing autographs, interactive kids’ play areas, and concert stages.
Paul’s Winter Carnival
The annual Winter Carnival in St. Paul lines up perfectly with the Super Bowl festivities, because it starts ten days before the game and ends on February 4th, the day of the Super Bowl. This event is set to be bigger than ever in 2018, featuring attractions like a $15 million ice palace, set to be the biggest ice palace in 25 years.
Super Bowl 52 is set to be a load of fun for locals in Minneapolis and visitors from all around. Make sure you don’t miss out on the action, and book your stay before it’s too late!