How Much Will a Hotel Room Cost for March Madness?
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While the 2016 NCAA Tournament field of 68 teams will shrink over the course of March Madness, traveling fans are likely to notice a rise in the average rate for a hotel room across the various hosts cities.
According to data and research from expense management experts at Runzheimer, the average four-night rate for a hotel room during next month's Final Four and subsequent championship game in Houston is $1,513.60.
Fortunately, the average hotel room rate in the other 12 hosts cities will be slightly cheaper.
Since each destination will host teams for at least three days, Runzheimer analyzed two different two-night stays for each city.
First, Second Round Host Cities
Denver is the most expensive first and second round host city, with the highest average two-night room rate coming in at more than $730, while St. Louis is the cheapest host of first and second round action with the lowest average two-night rate coming in just under $400.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ($480.33); Providence, Rhode Island ($519.67) and Des Moines, Iowa ($543) are the second-, third- and fourth-cheapest first and second round host cities, according to their lowest average two-night rate.
However Brooklyn, New York ($713); Raleigh, North Carolina ($637) and Spokane, Washington ($664.50) join Denver on the pricier end of the spectrum based on their highest average two-night room rate.
Regional Semifinal, Final Host Cities
Interestingly, Chicago ($324) — which will host the Midwest Regional semifinals and final on March 25 and March 27, respectively — is the cheapest of the four regional host sites when it comes to the average two-night hotel room rate. But Anaheim, California (West Region) and Philadelphia (East Region) aren't much worse, with both coming in at under $400.
However traveling fans are likely to notice a sizable difference in Louisville, Kentucky (South Region), where average two-night room rates range from $513 to $547.
In addition to hotel rates, Runzheimer also analyzed the average cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner in each of the host cities as well as other items including gas and beer.
Average beer prices range from $3.58 in Louisville to $4.90 in Denver, while gas prices range from an average of $1.50 per gallon in Oklahoma City to 2.54 per gallon in Anaheim.
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