According to a release from the home sharing site, savvy city dwellers who rented out their spaces earned a collective $2.6 million dollars over the weekend, thanks to fans who flocked to Illinois to support their team. The statement also points out that 95% of the city’s listings are outside major tourist areas and serve neighborhoods that don’t necessarily have many hotel options.
Although Cleveland racked up a somewhat less impressive stat from Games 1 and 2 with about 850 guests using Airbnb (compared to Chicago’s 9,000) and hosts earning only $330,000, it still saw a 200% surge in the average daily arrivals. The Ohio city saw a similar surge during this year’s NBA finals matchup, which saw the Cleveland Cavaliers facing off against the Golden State Warriors.
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Now that the Series has returned to Cleveland for Wednesday night’s game 7, it’s sure to see a spike in fans eager to watch the Indians take home the title for the first time since 1948, or celebrate the Cubs first Series win since 1908.
No matter which team comes out on top, every host renting to a fan will come out a winner.