Super Bowl XLVIII: Four surprising facts and figures

With just days to go before Super Bowl XLVIII, NerdWallet takes a look at some Super Bowl numbers that may surprise you from salary figures for the Broncos and Seahawks, to the shocking markup in hotel rooms during the big game.

4. 101 percent

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A banner hangs outside the Seattle Seahawks team hotel Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

What: The average markup for a hotel room during Super Bowl weekend

Still planning your Super Bowl trip? You should know that you’ll be paying a premium for almost everything—from the high-priced tickets to hotel accommodations, costs have seen a super-sized markup, and the generally high cost of living in the Big Apple doesn’t help, either.

Using prices from, we calculated that this weekend’s hotel prices in the Greater New York City area are more than twice as high as the prices for rooms available the weekend following the Super Bowl (Feb. 7-10). A comparison of hotel prices show that hotel rooms during Super Bowl weekend cost 100.8 percent more per night than they do the very next weekend.

For example, a room at the Courtyard by Marriott in Manhattan/Times Square will cost you $399 per night this weekend but just $179 per night a week later. If you’re looking to stay closer to MetLife Stadium, a room at the Holiday Inn Express in East Rutherford, N.J., will cost you $233 per night, compared to just $112 a night the next week.

With only a few days left before the big game, you’ll likely pay a hefty price on a hotel if you’re planning to make the trip to New Jersey. At this point, you should at least compare this weekend’s prices with other weekends to hunt for a hotel with a less than 101 percent markup and find the best relative deal you can.

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