GateHouse News published a report looking at the costs of college football team’s practice of staying in a local hotel before the home games. The idea behind this is that it brings a focus for the team, and keeps them out of any Friday night trouble.
Putting all 100 or so guys in a hotel room where you can monitor activity and make sure they get to sleep is ideal when you want to control all aspects of their preparation.
Ohio State University, which spent $93,000, said hotels provide a venue for camaraderie, structured team meals, the ability to monitor hydration and a “restful night of sleep” thanks to bed checks and a set lights-out time.
There are studies that suggest getting a nice rest at home is preferable in most cases, however.
North Texas reportedly spent just under $8 grand per night on this practice.