If you were a smart and loyal Eagles fan, you would have booked a hotel in the greater Minneapolis area two months ago, when it was clear Philly had the best team in the NFC and was headed to the Super Bowl.
Alas, that’s probably not most people. For anyone now angling to trek out to Minneapolis to see the Eagles take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, good luck finding a room. The closest available hotel to U.S. Bank Stadium is 7.5 miles away. Going room rate there for the Saturday through Monday of Super Bowl week? More than $400 a night.
That was as of 6 a.m. Monday, by the way. By now those rooms are probably already gone.
Of the very few hotels that have any availability, all are 10 or more miles from the stadium and most run between $525 and $1,200 per night, according to booking site Travelocity. The site does offer some available Airbnb-style housing — everything from single rooms to entire homes, with costs ranging from $1,000 to $12,000 per night.
Speaking of Airbnb, that website has this advisory up right now: “388% more people are looking for homes in Minneapolis. You are coming to town at a popular time. We recommend booking soon.” Oh…you think?
Airbnb prices vary from around $200 per night to four times that for a small apartment, all incredibly reasonable given the Super Bowl is coming to town. There was even one posted listing (which is probably either gone or updated by this point) for $26 per night. It looks like you’d be crashing on a woman named Natasha’s couch. She has a cat. Sorry Eagles fans, there isn’t any information on how she feels about dogs.
We looked at local accommodations for Saturday, Feb. 3 through Monday, Feb. 5, but if you wanted to go early and add the preceding Friday, prices are roughly the same for both rooms and flights.
Prices will likely skyrocket this week as more people start to book, but the initial market was unusually low — because the team most expected to get to the Super Bowl was the Vikings, which regularly play in that stadium.
That scenario would have been great for the local fans, but pretty terrible for the local travel economy. Sure, there is always the crush of national and international media that heads to any Super Bowl, and Patriots fans do travel well, but having just one team, media and fan base fly in would not have been great for the Minneapolis hotel and airline industry, despite a given uptick for bars and restaurants.
As it stands, people there are surely sad the Vikings lost, but they can take heart in knowig Eagles fans are going to pay a ton of money to E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles! their way from Dinkytown to Downtown Minneapolis and back again.
Per Orbitz, more than 2,800 flights were booked into Minneapolis today along, and at the time of our search there were nearly 650 people looking at the same flights we were. If they are even still available (good luck with that) flights leaving Philly on Saturday, Feb. 3 were about $700, and that’s for trips with a layover in Newark or Charlotte. Nonstop flights were running at more than $1,000 roundtrip, not including baggage fees. And as we know, when it comes to the Super Bowl, Eagles fans carry a lot of baggage.
So that’s how much it would cost to get there. And then comes tickets.
According to the NFL official ticket exchange, one seat to the Big Game in the upper deck will run just north of $5,700. Tickets behind one of the team benches will roll for about $12,000 apiece.
A person just paid $132,052, including fees, on StubHub for 10 seats in the lower level on the 35-yard line AFC side for the Super Bowl.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 22, 2018
All told, unless you can snag that spot on Natasha’s couch, Eagles fans are looking at about $1,000 or more for two nights in Minneapolis, roughly $750 for airfare and $6,000 for tickets. That doesn’t include transportation to and from the airport, around town the two days you’re there or any food and drink. Tallying it all up, if you want to spend a quick-but-memorable weekend in Minnesota this February, expect to pay close to $9,000 if you do it on your own.
For those looking to save money by driving to Minneapolis instead of taking a flight, it’s a 1,200-mile drive, which would take about 18 hours one way. Based on current prices, per AAA, and the average fuel efficiency of cars today, gas would run roughly $136.
Tolls from the Linc to U.S. Bank Stadium are $80.25, according to a free online toll calculator. An alternate route through upstate New York would save nearly $40 in tolls, but would add an additional 120 miles — roughly $15 in gas — and two hours to the trip.
On the way back, tolls are even more expensive, so factor in $90.40 for the trip back, plus the same cost for gas, rest stop snacks and a good amount of caffeine. A flight from Philly to Minneapolis is about three hours, and including time to and from the airport it’s roughly a five hour trip. Driving would save about $300 if you were traveling solo, much more if you carpooled. But you will lose two full days just getting there and back.
There is another option to get the Super Bowl this year: Let the Eagles take you.
In the moments after the NFC title, with confetti still in the air, the Eagles sent out a release with ticket package information for fans.
The Philadelphia Eagles and PrimeSport, a division of On Location Experiences, today announced the sale of Super Bowl LII ticket and travel packages for Eagles fans following their NFC Championship game win. PrimeSport and the Eagles are partnering together to directly provide their fanbase with verified ticket packages and the ability to purchase travel and hotel accommodations for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, MN.
The team’s package includes a tailgate party the day of the game right near the stadium too, with tons of food and, “Handcrafted, top-shelf cocktails, large selections of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages as well as team-colored drinks.”
Did you ever dream of getting sloshed at the Super Bowl on something that looks and probably tastes like green slime? OF COURSE YOU HAVE! And now you can.
Just for travel to and from the Super Bowl and three nights hotel will run close to $3,000, without tickets to the game. (There’s an option that’s $250 cheaper if you don’t mind staying a few miles further out of the city.)
If you want tickets to the game, too, that’ll run $7,700, which based on our search above is cheaper than doing it a la carte, plus you get to hang out with a bunch of other Eagles fans with disposable income — or those who also just mortgaged their house to pay for a trip to the Super Bowl — and you’re guaranteed to not be sharing a couch with someone’s nordic cat.
Those who purchased their flights weeks ago hoping the Eagles would make the Super Bowl, and those who smartly booked hotel rooms back in the fall are reaping the benefits of hundreds to maybe thousands in savings today. But for the rest of you, there’s still some space left on the Eagles bandwagon for everyone else. It’s just going to cost you.