FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Thousands of football fans are flocking to North Texas hotels just in time to see another round of severe winter weather blow through.
With the Super Bowl in town prices for those rooms by the end of the week are already expected to be pretty steep.
Some locations have already raised rates, hoping to cash in on the big game, and by the end of the week, those prices are expected to rise more.
The problem could be for local residents needing hotel rooms. If residents have to leave their homes due to weather, they might get caught paying a fortune.
As of right now, hotels in North Texas still have the vacancy sign lit up.
Julie Faver-Dylla with the Hotel Association of Tarrant County says there are rooms from $79 to $149 still available for the next two nights. “I think there are so many hotels that there are still plenty of room out there.”
The availability is there, but will prices be too high for North Texans if they have nowhere else to go?
Depending on how the weather goes, the Governor’s office could issue a disaster proclamation for the winter storm, that’s the only thing that prevents hotels & motels from astronomically raising rates.
According to the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, at least 150 local hotels signed anti-gouging pacts where they use the rates at the time North Texas made their Super Bowl bid.
If a disaster declaration were made because of the weather, the Attorney General’s office would start enforcement, looking for price gouging.
Faver-Dylia says residents don’t need to fear, they’ve told their hotels to play fair. “We’ve gotten the message out to the hotels not to price gauge things like that, so you are still going to find an affordable price, but something that’s fair.”