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Oxford hotel rates sky-high

Fans coming into Oxford for an Ole Miss football game or folks just passing through can expect to pay some of the highest hotel rates in the nation.

According to the website Trivago, which compares prices for hotel rooms all over the world, folks coming to Oxford on a game day weekend will spend on average $237 for a hotel room, which is a 76 percent increase for a non-game weekend. Most hotels also have a two-night minimum for booking a room.

For a weekend stay in Oxford this weekend, rates include: Towne Place Suites at $339/night, Quality Inn Suites at $300/night, Hampton Inn at $269/night; Holiday Inn Express at $216/night and Super 8 at $90/night.

On non-game weekends, the average price is $134/night, the website shows.

“The hotel price quoted ($237/night) is the per night average rate for home game weekends in Oxford,” said Jeremy Crider, U.S. public relations manager for Trivago.

Tallahassee, Florida, home of the Florida State Seminoles, had the most dramatic increase at 113 percent, while Alabama was second at 109 percent, followed by Clemson (107 percent), Auburn (93 percent), Notre Dame (87 percent) and Baylor tied with Ole Miss at 76 percent.

Trivago partnered with Vivid Seats, a ticket exchange website, to examine the combined cost of a single ticket and hotel room on a home game weekend among the Associated Press Top 25 college football teams. Ole Miss, which hosts UT-Martin in its season opener Saturday at 11 a.m., ranked No. 7 in the nation in the pricing report with a combined cost of $339.

Notre Dame fans will pay the highest combined price for a ticket and hotel room with an average of $563.

There are no state laws regulating how much of an increase in room rates hotels and motels can charge in Mississippi.