Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy (left) and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley gather before the Bedlam football game in Norman on Nov. 10. The game marked the busiest weekend ever in Norman for Airbnb hosts. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file

Home-sharing service Airbnb announced Wednesday that host communities in Stillwater and Norman welcomed nearly 3,200 guests and generated about $342,000 during college football home-game weekends in 2018.

Airbnb hosts in Norman took in 1,840 guests and earned $185,000 during seven home-game weekends. The University of Oklahoma’s game with Oklahoma State led to the busiest weekend in history for Airbnb in Norman with $35,700.

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Airbnb hosts in Stillwater welcomed 1,350 guests who generated $156,960 during seven home-game weekends. The homecoming game against the University of Texas on Oct. 27 also contributed to the biggest weekend in Airbnb in Stillwater with $54,700.

Airbnb’s tax agreement with the state of Oklahoma went into effect July 1, 2017. Under the pact, Airbnb collects the 4.5 percent state sales tax, as well as state-administered local lodging taxes, and local sales and use taxes on all applicable bookings.

Guests are charged the appropriate taxes on their Airbnb transactions, and the firm remits the taxes collected to the state.

The company originated in 2008 when its founders welcomed three guests into their San Francisco apartment during a large design conference when most hotel rooms were booked.

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