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Published April 05, 2013, 07:05 PM

Busy weekend brings hotel shortage - new lodging on the way

2,300 hundred hotel rooms are proving to not be enough in Grand Forks. Another busy weekend calls for packed hotels and overflow traffic in neighboring cities.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

2,300 hundred hotel rooms are proving to not be enough in Grand Forks. Another busy weekend calls for packed hotels and overflow traffic in neighboring cities.

This weekend Grand Forks is hosting the 24th Annual Grand Am basketball tournament. With that comes a record number of 331 teams from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Canada. Most hotels are already booked for the weekend, but you can still find a room if you are willing to drive a little further.

Jonny Loewen's family from Manitoba drove an extra half hour to find a hotel room in Crookston, and he's not alone. A member of the players of the 331 basketball teams playing in Grand Forks is also are staying there. Sandy Dobmeier from the Convention and Visitors Beauro says these big weekends when hotels are booked up fast doesn't necessarily reflect a big shortage of rooms.

Sandy: "You can't build to accomodate every single event that you have, because they are never going to make it."

However, two new hotels set to open this spring will help with these busy weekends. The Staybridge and Hampton Inn, will add 194 additional rooms. That is welcome competition to the existing hotels. As for the Loewen family, in the future they would like to stay in Grand Forks when they come to Grand Forks. Dobmeier says because this a youth tournament many families and relatives also come into town.

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