Super Bowl Rentals in Jacksonville

26 01 2005

Super Bowl home rental rush in Jacksonville is on as Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots fans scurry to find housing in time for the big game on Feb. 6. More than 1,300 homeowners signed up for the program.

About 3 percent of Super Bowl visitors stay in rented homes, according to National Football League studies. But with too few quality hotel rooms in Northeast Florida, there is more of a demand in this market for home rentals, said Pat Duncan, director of lodging and accommodations for the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee.

The First Coast has only 28,000 hotel rooms. By including the additional hotels stretching north to Brunswick, Ga., and south to Daytona Beach that have reserved rooms for the game, that figure grows to 43,000.

But there are many others who do want to stay in the heart of Super Bowl festivities and are looking toward the home rental program, the first of its kind.

The amount of money people are spending is all over the map, Williams said. Some homes are going for $600 to $700 a day, to as high as $7,000 a day. Those homes close to the stadium are garnering the most interest. Some homeowners are listing their homes on Web sites for a flat fee. Others are auctioning their places on eBay.

Homeowners who sign up with Coldwell Banker are charged 25 percent of the rental fees. No more applications are being accepted for the home rental program.



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