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As Cat-Griz weekend approaches, hotels and Airbnbs are raising prices and booking up fast

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Posted at 10:07 AM, Nov 15, 2022

BOZEMAN — As the Brawl of the Wild is fast approaching this weekend, many hotels around Bozeman are starting to book up as fans pour into town. The Element Hotel in downtown Bozeman is expecting to be fully booked by this weekend.

“It's always a big game so we've been looking forward to that for a while. The hotel will be full with Griz and Cats fans alike,” says Sales Director of Element Bozeman, McKayla Murphy.

Murphy says they are expecting all of their rooms to be filled by Cat-Griz fans.

“We have just a couple more rooms available we expect to fill them by gameday,” says Murphy.

Murphy believes that price increases for hotels and Airbnb's in downtown Bozeman are pretty typical for a weekend like the one ahead.

She says, “The prices are definitely a little bit more expensive as the whole town is typically sold out.”

I spoke with the Quality Inn in Belgrade, and they say they have 45 out of their 66 rooms booked so far and expect more people to book throughout the week. They have increased their prices from $159 to $219 for a two-queen bedroom for the weekend.

I also went on Airbnb's website and saw there were not many options for two adults downtown this weekend. Prices seemed to be higher than usual with the highest price being $625 a night, but when I looked at the weekend after, there were a lot more options with cheaper pricing.

“We're selling for about $400 right now for our King rooms,” says Murphy.

The Element Hotel seems to be no stranger to hosting so many people for such a big game.

Murphy says, “It's always been a full house at the Element and being downtown. This is where people want to be.”

As a 2018 MSU graduate, she couldn't be more excited to show off her bobcat spirit.

“Go Cats! We are super excited.”