MINNEAPOLIS - Super Bowl 52 is expected to inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the Minnesota economy, much of that driven by out of town visitors.
The Vikings are just one game away from making history and being the first team to play in a Super Bowl on their home field.
Epic news for the team and their fans, but what about for the economic impact on Minnesota?
A study completed by Rockport Analytics estimates the net economic boost for Minnesota at $338 million.
The figure is partly based on an estimated 125,400 visitors pouring into the state for the big game.
Those visitors are expected to spend on average four nights in a hotel and spend $620 per day.
Those numbers could change if one Super Bowl team’s fans are local.
Ken McGill who conducted the study says it’s hard to know what the impact would be because it’s never happened.
“There’s no past experience to lean on,” he explained.
Still, in pure economic terms he said, “under those circumstances you could argue then that it would be worse, at least the visitor spending part would be worse.”
He says hotel prices might dip a bit if fewer fans need to travel. And if they’re local they might not spend as much on meals at restaurants or on rental cars.
Andrea Mokros of the Super Bowl Host Committee says she could see the hometown Super Bowl as a boon economically.
“We see nothing but upside potential,” Mokros said.
She says many of the fans who will come to the game were going to come no matter who is playing in the big game.
“Each team actually playing in the game gets 17.5 percent of the tickets in the stadium.
So it's a chunk but there's also a sizeable chunk who are already planning to come regardless of who's playing in the game,” she explained.
Plus, she said it’s possible Minnesotans would spend more time attending the various events.
“If the Vikings are playing what may have been a half day visit before is going to become a multiple day visit to be part of the festivities,” she said.
The Minnesota Lodging Association says their members are not concerned.
Downtown Minneapolis hotels are sold out.
Rooms still remain in suburban areas and places outside the Metro.
A check of Hotels.com shows them renting for $350/night and up.