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Looking for lodging? Closer to Neyland, the more you'll pay
Looking for lodging? Closer to Neyland, the more you'll pay


If you're looking for a hotel room for the big Tennessee-Florida game this weekend, expect a small number of availabilities for a big cost.

"Look for anything online," said Alan Avriett, a Florida fan coming to Rocky Top. 10News met Avriett and his brother, Scott, a Vols fan, as they were driving to town. "There was nothing less than $300, and I said that's not going to happen, because we're staying three nights," Alan added.

Finding a room in Downtown Knoxville, or anywhere surrounding the city is easier said than done, according to Downtown Knoxville Hampton Inn & Suites G.M. Anita Lane.

"You have a couple of games every year that you know are going to be your premium games. For us this year, those games are Florida, Alabama, and actually Mizzou," Lane said.

So what are the costs to find a hotel in Knoxville? 10News wanted figure out how much available hotels rooms go for this weekend.

As expected, the closer you are to Neyland Stadium, the more you are expected to pay. The Marriott hotel near the Knoxville Civic Coliseum (about 2 miles) has available rooms for $349.99 this weekend. That's significantly more than than a normal weekend in the city.

If you go out a little farther, Farragut and North Knoxville for example, the cost will begin to go down. 10News found rates at the Holiday Inn Express and Homewood Suites in Farragut go for $180 and $199 this weekend per night, respectively. At the Comfort Suites in North Knoxville, the prices are $169 for a room. That's a $65 dollar increase to their normal rates.

If you want the cheapest, look outside Knox County. The Hampton Inn in Morristown is $120 and the Country Inn and Suites in Loudon is $99.  Both hotels say that is their normal weekend rate -- yet still remain busy because of the game.

"We are about 2/3 of the way full, and anticipate to be full Saturday night," said Sabrina Cordell, a manager with the Loudon Country Inn and Suites.

If the Vols get the victory Saturday, those prices are expected to continue as Tennessee continues their SEC schedule.

"From a business standpoint, if they do well, we do well," Lane added.

However, there are some alternatives, according to the Avriett brothers.

"We're sleeping in our car!" Scott shouted.

"No we're not!" brother Alan quickly added. "We got relatives across Tennessee, and some in Knoxville," he smiled.

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