Try Boatgating Before the Game

Forget Tailgating – We prefer boatgating!

Tailgating before a game is a beloved tradition in American sports. But at many stadiums, the traditional pre-game tailgating from your car or truck is just one option. A number of sports stadiums are near water, including pro football stadiums like Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and Soldier’s Field in Chicago, pro baseball stadiums like AT&T Park in San Francisco and Citi Field in New York, and college stadiums like Husky Stadium in Seattle and Neyland Stadium in Knoxville—and, as a result, offer fans a desirable alternative: boatgating.

Boatgating is essentially tailgating on your boat. Like almost anything else, being on the water makes this American pastime way more fun. But it also takes a bit more planning.

Here are some tips to make your boatgating experience a home run.

  • Expect boat traffic. Space at a dock or an anchorage near the stadium is likely to be in high demand at game time (especially if your team is doing well). You’ll likely need to arrive early to get a spot.
  • Have food that is easy to prepare. Or, better yet, make as much of it as you can ahead of time.
  • Show your team spirit by decorating your boat with banners, flags and balloons. Wear your jerseys, bring out the foam fingers, and even have team-themed plates and napkins if you can.
  • Prepare for the weather. The day of the game could be cold, windy and rainy. Make sure to check the forecast ahead of time and plan accordingly.
  • Boatgating, like tailgating, is an all-day event. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • A lively day of boatgating will likely generate a surprising amount of trash. Be prepared by having lots of trash bags on hand.