Supply, demand and the Super Bowl create the perfect storm for Minneapolis hotels
According to a Kayak.com search Monday afternoon, the closest hotel to U.S. Bank Field in Minneapolis with availability on Super Bowl weekend is a Days Inn in St. Paul about five miles from the stadium. TripAdvisor.com ranks it as No. 14 out of 16 St. Paul hotels, with user-submitted reviews mentioning a host of unsavory activities and a permanently closed restaurant.
Visit this particular Days Inn for a Friday-to-Monday stay one week later, and a room will run you $72 per night. But the price for lodging skyrockets with demand over Super Bowl weekend, even for a hotel that reviews suggest could be a little dicey. According to multiple Internet searches, a room from Friday to Monday of Super Bowl weekend at this particular establishment �� which one reviewer described as kind of stinky �� will cost a mere $899 per night.
Airbnb isn’t much better. According to AirbnbWatch, Twin Cities listings on the home-sharing site that usually would fetch between $50 to $100 per night are going for 10 times that price over Super Bowl weekend, oftentimes more.
Emergency struck in Week 2, but turned into the new normal when Keenum started 14 of Minnesota’s 16 regular-season games and excelled. It was a pleasant surprise that produced a memorable season for the Vikings, but also created this conundrum at the position.
It seems as though Bradford is at this point an afterthought (though that could change with the tides of free agency), boiling the decision down to Keenum and Bridgewater, with the latter saying he definitely sees himself as a starter somewhere in 2018. Each are far from guaranteed to pan out for Minnesota. The Vikings could even let all three walk and try their hand at acquiring Alex Smith, or signing Kirk Cousins.
Right now there are no priorities — it’s rest, reload, Keenum said of what’s important in the coming weeks for him. Take some time away and enjoy it with my family, and we’ll cross those roads when we get there.