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America’s New Pastime: Boatgating

Boatgating, also known as sailgating or stern-gating, provides a unique twist on the tradition of tailgating but this time, getting to the game is part of the fun. Explore this list of U.S. stadiums that provide the best on-water experiences: 


AT&T Park (San Francisco, Calif.)

AT&T Park is known for its prime location on San Francisco Bay. Docking options are available at nearby South Beach Harbor, where demand is high. Catch all the action or even a splash hit—home runs that land in the water—from a boat anchored in McCovey Cove, where the scoreboard and replay screens are visible.
More information: or 415-495-4911

Citi Field (New York, N.Y.)

Skip the subway and head to the ballgame by boat. Cruise past the Statue of Liberty and take in the views of Manhattan’s skyline – all before even getting to the game. Dock at World’s Fair Marina before making the short walk to the stadium.
More information: or 718-478-0480

EverBank Field (Jacksonville, Fla.)

With its relatively warm weather year round, many football fans skip the highway and take to the waterway on game day. Stadium cheers can be heard throughout Metropolitan Park Marina on the St. Johns River, which is walking distance to the stadium. The marina offers nearly 80 slips that can accommodate boats up to 80 feet. The annual Gator Bowl and Florida-Georgia game held at EverBank Field offer college football fans the chance to get in on the boatgating fun.
More information: or 904-355-4857

Heinz Field & PNC Park (Pittsburgh, Penn.) 

Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, Heinz Field and PNC Park are both situated on the banks of the Allegheny River. Whether you’re a fan of football, baseball, or both, you can avoid game day traffic and arrive by boat with public docking options along the riverwalk. It’s first come, first served, so show up early to get a prime docking spot. Alternative on-water transportation options include catching the Clipper Ferry at Station Square or the Water Limo Service from the new Lock Wall One Marina running every 30 minutes on game days.
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Husky Stadium (Seattle, Wash.) 

University of Washington football fans have the right idea – arrive by boat, moor in Lake Washington, and climb aboard the shuttle boat service to Husky Stadium. The game day views of the Cascades and scenic Lake Washington from this locale are tough to beat. Take your own boat or check out the array of charter options in the area, just make sure to get your moorage or charter permit before game day. 
More information: or 206-543-4895

McLane Stadium (Waco, Texas)

Newest to the sailgating scene is Baylor University whose McLane Stadium on the Brazos River has reserved an inlet next door to serve as a boat basin. Excited football fans can forego traffic on the road and take up the best seat outside the house. Devoted game-goers say sailgating on the Brazos is the best place to catch the ‘March of the Bears’ tradition, where players and coaches cross the bridge over the boat basin to get to the game. Baylor currently offers boat slips for lease in the basin with tie-up points along a retaining wall available at no charge. 

Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)

Gangplank Marina provides more than 300 slips in the protected waters of the Potomac River’s Washington Channel giving baseball fans a perfect spot for that nautical tailgate. When activities wrap up at the marina, catch the first pitch by hopping aboard a water taxi, which drops off at Diamond Teague Park, the closest location to the ballpark. 
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Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, Tenn.)

The Vol Navy, as this infamous group of football and boating aficionados are known, arrive by boat to cheer on the University of Tennessee Volunteers during home football games. 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. For home football games, expect plenty of boats tied up and grills fired up amidst a sea of orange and white. Boat rentals are also available making it easy for everyone to join in the on-water fun.
More information: or 865-633-5004 or

Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.)

A Soldier Field tailgate takes on new meaning with one of the best kept secrets in Chicago – getting to the game by boat. Located just east of Soldier Field, Burnham Harbor has 1,120 slips in a protected cove on Lake Michigan. Get in on the action early in the season for prime boating weather before the harbor closes in October. 
More information: or 312-747-7009