Call it what you want – boatgating, sailgating, sterngating – we call it the best way to get to a game. This unique twist on the tradition of tailgating combines the excitement of game day with all the good vibes boating offers. For fans lucky enough to have teams with well-placed on-water venues, win or lose, there’s still fun to be had ditching the traffic on the road and taking a boat to/from the game.
Here is a list of stadiums whose on-water real estate can’t be beat (for more details on each boatgating-friendly stadium and how-to’s for getting there by boat, check out our article on America’s new pastime: boatgating):
National Football League:
Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, Penn.): Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, Heinz Field is situated on the banks of the city’s famed three rivers – the Monongahela, Ohio and Allegheny.
Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.): East of Soldier Field, Burnham Harbor has 1,120 slips in a protected cove on Lake Michigan prime for boatgating before the harbor closes in October.
Husky Stadium (Seattle, Wash.): The game day views of the Cascades and scenic Lake Washington from this locale are tough to beat.
Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.): On the banks of the Tennessee River, Volunteer Landing is a three-mile riverwalk in downtown Knoxville that includes a visitor center, full-service marina and restaurants.
EverBank Field (Jacksonville, Fla.): Stadium cheers can be heard throughout Metropolitan Park Marina on the St. Johns River, which is walking distance to the stadium.
McLane Stadium (Waco, Texas): Baylor University has set aside a large inlet outside their new stadium on the Brazos River for a boat basin to host boatgaters; a prime spot to catch the ‘March of the Bears.’
Major League Baseball:
AT&T Park (San Francisco, Calif.): AT&T Park is known for its prime location on San Francisco Bay and boatgating options are available at nearby South Beach Harbor; where demand is high.
Citi Field (New York, N.Y.): Dock at World’s Fair Marina off the East River for boatgating before making the short walk to the stadium.
Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.): Gangplank Marina has 300 slips in the protected waters of the Potomac River’s Washington Channel giving baseball fans a perfect spot for that nautical tailgate.
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