Baton Rouge residents earned more than $163,000 by renting their homes out on Airbnb during LSU's six home football game weekends this season, the company said in a news release Monday.
"For fans and rivals who travel long distances to see the Tigers play, the availability of Airbnb listings gives them the opportunity to see their favorite team and players throughout the collegiate football season -- while also enjoying all the comforts of home in contrast to what they would receive with traditional accommodations," the news release reads.
About 1,700 Airbnb guests were booked for Tigers home games in 2017, the company said, citing internal booking data.
But the number suggests that Airbnb may not be as popular among Tiger fans who attended games in Baton Rouge as it has become in smaller college towns that tend to have fewer traditional hotel options.
In Mississippi, people who rented their homes for Mississippi State and Ole Miss football games in Starkville and Oxford earned a combined $800,000 in 2017, according to a report from the Clarion Ledger based on Airbnb data that showed more than 8,500 homes had been booked in those towns through the site on home-game weekends.
And homes in Tuscaloosa and Auburn, Alabama generated $726,000 combined on University of Alabama and Auburn home-game weekends, AL.com reported.