MINNEAPOLIS - If you've walked through downtown Minneapolis lately you've likely noticed a bunch of new hotels opening up.
By the time the Super Bowl comes to US Bank Stadium in 2018, there will be over 1,000 brand new hotel rooms in Minneapolis.
The Hewing Hotel, located in a century-old former brick and timber warehouse, is also opening in the North Loop.
There's a lot of reasons why downtown Minneapolis is experiencing an influx of new hotels, and US Bank Stadium is certainly one of them.
"The stadium itself is a big trigger, " said Ryan Foley, who manages the Radison Red, the first of its kind in the states. "You're seeing this incredible overnight development of East Town and we're right in the heart of that."
Radisson Red, which is located just two blocks from US Bank Stadium, describes itself as a "lifestyle brand for the millennial mindset."
Guests can check-in, order food, make a housekeeping request or even chat with other guests, all on the hotel's app.
Over on Hennepin Avenue, Marriott has recently opened an AC Hotel, which promises guests an "European-inspired experience. It's definitely a different style which the market has not yet seen in Minneapolis," said Tiffany Zimmer, who is the general manager.
AC Hotel boasts 245 rooms and nine floors.
Hotels are banking on the fans that will pack US Bank Stadium for major sporting events like the X games in 2017, the Super Bowl in 2018, and the NCAA Men's Final Four in 2019.
So will the hotel building boom fizzle out at point?
"Right now, there’s money available, financing available, and that’s what will dry up at some point," predicts Nick Halter, a writer for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business journal, who covers real estate.
When asked if hotels will have a challenging time filling up hotel rooms during the winter months, Halter said, "every city has its slow times and certainly Minneapolis knows that. Hotels plan for that and they plan on being low-occupancy rates during those times."