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9 Best Boatgating Stadiums

Author: Kelly Kaylor

Mccovey Cove

Boatgating at McCovey cove in San Francisco at AT&T Park.

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.

NCAA Football:

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.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Leave a comment and let us know!

14 thoughts on “9 Best Boatgating Stadiums

  1. S Hoffman

    You forgot the Washington Marina – we always have transients coming to catch a NATS game – we are a 5 minute cab ride to the stadium.

    Gankplank is somewhat limited these days undergoing renovations.

    1. Kelly Kaylor Post author

      Thanks for the heads up – good to know Washington Marina is a go-to spot for NATS boatgating. We’ll be sure to add it to our 2015 list.

  2. Andrea C

    Great American Ballpark (home of the Cincinnati Reds) is a great place to BoatGate during the MLB season. On Friday nights they have a 20 minute fireworks display after the game!

    1. Kelly Kaylor Post author

      Baseball, boatgating & fireworks? Sounds like Great American Ballpark is the place to be on Friday nights during the season. Thanks for the heads up, Andrea – we’ll be sure to include it on our 2015 list.

    1. Kelly Kaylor Post author

      Thanks, Captain – we’ll be sure to mention the on-water action at Metropolitan Park Marina for NFL games too. Go Jaguars!

  3. Norm

    Don’t overlook the Cleveland Browns stadium which has a full transient marina located immediately next to it in the beautiful North Coast Harbor. May be the finest boatgating setup in the nation!

  4. Gary Bullis

    Baltimore’s Inner Harbor allows for walking to either Camden Yards or Ravens Stadium. If you stay in your slip, 5-6 marinas are in walking distance to the stadiums BUT you can always dinghy in from those marinas and tie up even closer. “Dinghygating” around the Inner Harbor before walking up to a game at either stadium is the coolest thing.

  5. Dennis Osentowski

    Been going to McCovey Cove AT&T Park for over 10 yrs (All Star, World Series, etc.). It’s simply the best way to enjoy boatgating and watch/listening to a game, while enjoying boating at the same time. There no better experience than at AT&T Park for boatgating.


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