Thousands of people are expected to filter into Buffalo this week to attend the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament at KeyBank Center, and all those people are going to need someplace to stay.
Prices at downtown hotels reflect the demand. The influx is expected to peak Wednesday and Thursday, the day before and the day of the tournament's start. The sports tourists will likely be joined by local St. Patrick's Day revelers Friday, further increasing demand. The competition for lodging has driven up hotel prices during what is usually a low season.
It's affecting Airbnb hosts, too. While most Airbnb booking rates are stable, several listings are full Wednesday through Saturday.
Here's a sampling of what downtown hotels were seeking as of Friday for rooms during the tournament, according to hotel websites and search engines such as Priceline and Kayak.
Adam's Mark Buffalo, 120 Church St. Another Thursday rate in March ranged from $74.10 to $114. NCAA rates are $139 Wednesday, $225 Thursday, $209 Friday and $229 Saturday.
Best Western on the Avenue, 510 Delaware Ave. Usually $116 on a Thursday, they're asking $129 on Wednesday and Thursday, $199 on Friday, $139 on Saturday.
Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter, 95 Main St. Usually $197 on a Thursday, the hotel is charging $359 Wednesday, and $549 Thursday through Saturday.
Courtyard by Marriott, 125 Main St. A regular Thursday night runs $144. For the game, it's $209 Wednesday, $269 Thursday, and sold out Friday through Saturday.
Embassy Suites, 200 Delaware Ave. You'll pay $152 on an average Thursday, but you'll pay $230 Wednesday and $279 Thursday. The hotel, as of last Friday, listed only a two-room executive suite starting at $650 for Friday and Saturday.
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, 10 Lafayette Square. A regular Thursday is $143. Rooms are $269 Wednesday and sold out Thursday through Saturday.
Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St. Usually $126 on a Thursday, rooms start at $152 Wednesday for a junior suite (standard rooms are sold out), $219 Thursday, $249 Friday and Saturday.
Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 2 Fountain Plaza. Other March Thursdays run $119 per night. For the games, though, rooms are $219 Wednesday, $279 Thursday and area sold out Friday and Saturday.
The Westin Buffalo, 250 Delaware Ave. Usually $141 on a typical March Thursday, a room Wednesday will run $329. Rooms are sold out Thursday through Saturday.