Here are Airbnb’s best college towns for football season

In this file photo, Team Blue’s Darrius Clemons #0 catches the ball in the end zone against Team Corn during the Spring Football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – A new school year means that many American cities will soon see more people coming to watch college football games. Ahead of the fall season, Airbnb released its list of college towns outpacing others for upcoming staycation bookings.

Airbnb’s full list college town getaways understand:

  • Ocean City, New Jersey
  • Bella Vista, Arkansas
  • Oxford, Mississippi
  • Santa Ana and La Mesa, California
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Wheatridge, Colorado

Many of these cities are home to (or are near) some of college football’s greatest teams.

Lubbock, in West Texas, topped other Texas cities in Airbnb bookings in the first quarter of 2022, according to the company. The city is home to the Texas Tech Red Raiderswhich begin their season on September 3.

Fans of the Ole Miss Rebels (the University of Mississippi football team) flock to Oxford, about 75 miles south of Memphis. In addition to the Rebels games, the city is also home to many historic sites, including the Lyric Theater concert hall, which was previously owned by native author William Faulkner’s family.

Ann Arbor, on the other hand, is home to the University of Michigan Wolverines, whose home games are held at Michigan Stadium. Also known as “The Big House”, it is the largest stadium in the United States and the second largest stadium in the world, according to Olympic Games.

Football season is a boon for many short-term rental owners, with University of California San Diego researchers noting that home games alone accounted for more than 60% of total rental income between the August and December football seasons in 2014 and 2015.

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