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Homeowners Can Rent Homes During Football Weekends

by on July 15, 2014 4:48 PM

For those traveling to State College for Penn State football weekends, there’s another option to consider for lodging. University Football Rentals allows local homeowners to rent their houses for football weekends.

While the program started at Notre Dame in 2006, it expanded to towns in the SEC and Big Ten, including State College.

The region was targeted because, relatively speaking, it is one of the smaller towns that is home to a prominent football program.

The influx of people during football weekends results in high prices, sometimes triple the normal rate, at hotels.

To offer cheaper lodging, University Football Rentals came to State College to encourage homeowners to list their houses for rent by Penn State football fans.

University Football Rentals CEO Mike Doyle explains that this program is especially appealing for families.

“It is great for friends, families, and alumni groups that are heading back for a game,” Doyle says. “They can keep the whole group together and have space to relax and reconnect. They avoid the hassle of being stuck in traffic before and after the game. Once a family experiences a home rental for a football weekend, they come back year after year.”

Those State College homeowners use those funds to pay off mortgages, go on vacations or pay bills. It has been a great source of additional income for retirees, single parents and many others looking for additional ways to earn income, Doyle says.

Weekend rates range from $500 to $2,500, depending on the size of the house or apartment. Some have made up to $10,000 in one season.

Doyle and others who work for University Football Renters will be in State College until Thursday to meet with clients, both new and old. 

Football fans typically start booking homes in July and August so homeowners are encouraged to get their listing up as soon as possible.

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Jessica Tully recently graduated from Penn State with degrees in journalism and political science. She is a frequent contributor to StateCollege.com and has also reported for USA TODAY, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Onward State and The Daily Collegian.
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