Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Super Bowl Rentals Hit Hot Streak; More Private Homes Are Being Rented; City's Shortage of Hotel Rooms a Factor

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Super Bowl Rentals Hit Hot Streak; More Private Homes Are Being Rented; City's Shortage of Hotel Rooms a Factor

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Byline: JORDAN RODACK, The Times-Union

*******************CORRECTION January 28, 2005

Stockton Real Estate has not rented all of its listed homes for the Super Bowl. Because of incorrect information from the company, this information was wrong Tuesday in a story on Page B-1

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The 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.

On Monday alone, Coldwell Banker Walter Williams Realty, the official Super Bowl home rental agent, rented out more than 30 homes. About 150 homes rented out before Monday's spike. More than 1,300 homeowners signed up for the program.

By comparison, from the program's inception in March through early December, only 15 homes had been rented.

Now, knowing which two teams will appear, an additional 28,000 visitors are looking for housing, based on the percentage of tickets allotted to each team. More than 100,000 visitors are expected in Jacksonville for the game.

"We always knew this is when things would pick up," said Walter Williams, president of the realty company.

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.

Duncan said Monday there was only one hotel, a Super 8, within 15 minutes of the stadium that had vacancies. An additional 2,500 rooms are still available as far away as Orlando and Savannah, Ga., he said.

"Some people don't mind staying an hour or an hour and a half away," Duncan said. …

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