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Top Boatgating Destinations – Tailgating On The Water

Top Boatgating Destinations – Tailgating On The Water
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Are you looking to pre-game a sporting event or concert? Do you also enjoy being on a boat? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of those, then boatgating is the perfect fit for you! If you don’t know what boatgating is, it’s practically having a tailgate, but on a boat instead of around the tailgate of a vehicle. The foundation of a tailgate remains – plenty of drinks, music, appetizers, and laughs will be had while boatgating. Below you can find some top destinations to tailgate on the water, arranged by the type of sport that you’re a fan of. From football stadiums to baseball fields, to a couple of hockey arenas – we’ve got you covered this season.

Starting with America’s most beloved – football. Below are the top 9 NFL stadiums for tailgating on the water, beginning in the south, heading north, and ending on the west coast:

1. TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, FL)

Previously named the EverBank Field, The TIAA Bank Field is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars and sits alongside the St. Johns River. Conveniently, the Metropolitan Park Marina is located right next to the field, which contains nearly 80 boat slips for boats up to 80’.

Quick overview of upcoming events at the TIAA Bank Field:

  • Sep 17 · Vs Kansas City
  • Sep 24 · Vs Houston
  • Oct 15 · Vs Indianapolis
  • Oct 28 · Florida VS Georgia
  • Nov 12 · Vs San Francisco 49ers
  • Nov 19 · Vs Tennessee

  • 2. M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)

    Having the capacity of just over 71,000 guests, the M&T Bank Stadium is positioned between two mouths of the Patapsco River. Baltimore, home to the Ravens, makes for a historic boatgating destination. Located in the inner-harbor one could find the USS Constellation, the last remaining sail-only warship commissioned by the U.S. Navy.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at the M&T Bank Stadium:

  • Aug 12 · Vs Philadelphia Eagles
  • Sep 10· Vs Houston Texans
  • Sep 24 · Vs Indianapolis Colts
  • Oct 22 · Vs Detroit Lions
  • Nov 5 · Vs Seattle Seahawks

  • 3. Acrisure Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA)

    Formerly known as Heinz Field, the Acrisure Stadium is home to both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers. Sitting on the fork where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers form the Ohio River, the Acrisure Stadium is surrounded by riverfront marinas.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at the Acrisure Stadium:

  • Aug 19 · Vs Buffalo
  • Sep 10 · Vs San Francisco
  • Sep 18 · Vs Cleveland
  • Oct 8 · Vs Baltimore
  • Oct 29 · Vs Jacksonville
  • Nov 2 · Vs Tennessee
  • Nov 12 · Vs Green Bay
  • Dec 3 · Vs Arizona

  • 4. Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)

    Home to the Chicago Bears, Soldier Field is conveniently placed immediately next to the Burnham Harbor, which leads out into Lake Michigan. The Burnham Harbor is a quintessential boatgating destination, housing over 25 boat docks while being steps away from Soldier Field.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at Soldier Field:

  • Aug 5 · Vs Tennessee Titans
  • Aug 26 · Vs Buffalo
  • Sep 10 · Vs Green Bay
  • Oct 1 · Vs Denver
  • Oct 15 · Vs Minnesota
  • Oct 22 · Vs Las Vegas
  • Nov 9 · Vs Carolina

  • 5. Cleveland Browns Stadium

    The Cleveland Browns Stadium is seated right on the fourth largest Great Lake, Lake Erie, where it has marinas and yacht clubs sprinkled around the Cleveland Harbor. Home to the Cleveland Browns, the FirstEnergy Stadium holds nearly 68,000 guests in their lakefront stadium.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at the Cleveland Brown Stadium:

  • Sep 10 · Vs Cincinnati
  • Sep 18 · Vs Pittsburgh
  • Sep 24 · Vs Tennessee
  • Oct 01 · Vs Baltimore
  • Oct 15 · Vs San Francisco
  • Oct 22 · Vs Indianapolis

  • Honorable Mentions: Tailgating On The Water

  • Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL) – Home of the Miami Dolphins
  • Caesar’s Superdome (New Orleans, LA) – Home of the New Orleans Saints
  • Neyland Stadium (Knoxville, TN) – Home of the Tennessee Volunteers
  • Lumen Field (Seattle, WA)– Home of the Seattle Seahawks

  • Moving on to America’s National Pastime – baseball. Below are the top 9 MLB fields for tailgating on the water, beginning in the south, heading north, and ending on the west coast.

    1. Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)

    Located just south of the Capitol building in Washington D.C., Nationals Park is situated right on the Anacostia River, adjacent to the Navy yard. National Park was also the first major stadium to receive US LEED certification. The park redefines modern sports facility architecture and serves as the catalyst and cornerstone of a new multipurpose riverfront in our nation’s capital.

    See an overview of upcoming events at Nationals Park.

  • Aug 1-2 · VS Mil
  • Aug 11-13 · VS Oak
  • Aug 15-17 · VS Bos
  • Aug 18-20 · VS Phi
  • Aug 31-Sep 3 · VS Mia
  • Sep 5-6 · VS NYM
  • Sep 8-10 · VS LAD
  • Sep 18-20 · VS CWS
  • Sep 21-24 · VS ATL

  • 2. Citi Field (Queens, NY)

    Sitting next to Flushing Bay is where you can find Citi Field. Home to the New York Mets, Citi Field is close to boat docks and just minutes away from the LaGuardia airport, making boat or air travel an easy and accessible option.

    View an overview of upcoming events at Citi Field.

  • Aug 7-9 · VS Chicago
  • Aug 11-13 · VS Atlanta
  • Aug 14-16 · VS Pittsburgh
  • Aug 25-27 · VS Los Angeles
  • Aug 28-30 · VS Texas
  • Sep 1-3 · VS Seattle
  • Sep 11-14 · VS Arizona
  • Sep 15-17 · VS Cincinnati
  • Sep 26-28 · VS Miami

  • 3. T-Mobile Park (Seattle, WA)

    T-Mobile Park is a retractable roof stadium perched immediately south of Lumen Field in Seattle. Home to the Seattle Mariners, T-Mobile Park is minutes away from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, so you know it must be close to a body of water.

    View an overview of upcoming events at T-Mobile Park.

  • Aug 1-2 · VS Boston
  • Aug 8-9 · VS San Diego
  • Aug 11-13 · VS Baltimore
  • Aug 25-27 · VS Kansas City
  • Aug 28-30 · VS Oakland
  • Sep 11-13 · VS Los Angeles
  • Sep 15-17 · VS Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Sep 25-27 · VS Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Sep 28-30 · VS Texas

  • 4. Oracle Park (San Francisco, CA)

    Hugging Mission Bay in San Francisco is where you can find the home of the Giants. Previously AT&T Park, and not to be confused with Oracle Arena in Oakland, Oracle Park offers exclusive bay views, including boat dockage and pier access immediately next to the field.

    Check out an overview of upcoming events at Oracle Park.

  • Aug 1-3 · VS Arizona
  • Aug 11-13 · VS Texas
  • Aug 14-16 · VS Tampa
  • Aug 25-27 · VS Atlanta
  • Aug 28-30 · VS Cincinnati
  • Sep 8-10 · VS Colorado
  • Sep 11-13 · VS Cleveland
  • Sep 25-27 · VS San Diego
  • Sep 29- Oct 1 · VS Los Angeles

  • 5. Petco Park (San Diego, CA)

    Petco Park is located just inside San Diego Bay and across from sunny Coronado. A slew of boat docks lines the same street Petco Park sits on, making it an ideal spot for your boatgating festivities. Moreover, located outside the outfield wall, but inside the Petco gates, is Gallagher Square, a grassy area of approximately 2.8 acres.

    View an overview of upcoming events at Petco Park.

  • Aug 4-7 · VS Los Angeles
  • Aug 14-16 · VS Baltimore
  • Aug 17-20 · VS Arizona
  • Aug 21-23 · VS Miami
  • Sep 1-3 · VS San Francisco
  • Sep 4-6 · VS Philadelphia
  • Sep 18-20 · VS Colorado
  • Sep 22-24 · VS St. Louis

  • Honorable Mentions: Tailgating On The Water

  • LoanDepot Park (Miami, FL) – Home to the Miami Marlins
  • Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, FL) – Home to the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Oriole Park (Baltimore, MD) – Home to the Baltimore Orioles
  • Fenway Park (Boston, MA) – Home to the Boston Red Socks

  • Last but surely not least – hockey. Below are the top two NHL arenas for tailgating on the water, beginning in the south, heading north, and ending on the west coast.

    1. Amalie Arena (Tampa, FL) – Home to the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Sitting right behind Harbor Island, across from plentiful boat docks on the Garrison Channel is where you can find Amalie Arena. Surely, you can always find something to do when you’re just minutes away from Harbor Island, Channelside, and Riverwalk. Restaurants on Harbor Island, such as American Social and Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi, offer waterfront views with boat docks and a cheerful atmosphere. Home to the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, this is the ice that the Tampa Bay Lightning calls home.

    See an overview of upcoming events at Amalie Arena.

  • Sep 29 · VS Carolina
  • Sep 30 · VS Nashville
  • Oct 5 · VS Florida Panthers
  • Oct 10 · VS Nashville
  • Oct 19 · VS Vancouver
  • Oct 21 · VS Toronto
  • Oct 24 · VS Carolina
  • Oct 26 · VS San Jose
  • Oct 30 · VS Seattle
  • Nov 9 · VS Chicago
  • Nov 11 · VS Carolina
  • Nov 18 · VS Edmonton

  • 2. Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN)

    Located behind the Mississippi River is the Xcel Energy Center, home to the Minnesota Wild. Just across the river, on Harriet Island, you can find a cluster of boat docks.
    View an overview of upcoming events at Xcel Energy Center.

  • Sep 28 · VS Colorado
  • Sep 30 · VS Chicago
  • Oct 7 · VS Dallas
  • Oct 12 · VS Florida
  • Oct 19 · VS Los Angeles
  • Oct 21 · VS Columbus
  • Nov 2 · VS New Jersey
  • Nov 4 · VS New York

  • Honorable Mentions: Tailgating On The Water

    • Capital One Arena (Washington D.C.) – Home to the Washington Capitals
    • Enterprise Center (St. Louis, MO) – Home to the St. Louis Blues

    Bonus Events: Boatgating Destinations


    1. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – IndyCar Series Racing Event

    The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is an IndyCar Series race held in St. Petersburg, Florida. In most years since 2009, the race has served as the season opener. The Firestone Grand Prix also features an exclusive Yacht Club area with private floating docks at Turns 10 and 11. Current race dates are set for March 3-5, 2024.

    2. Monaco Grand Prix – F1 Racing Event

    Founded in 1929, The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor racing event held annually on the Circuit de Monaco, in late May or early June. The track sits right against Port Hercule, allowing yachts to get a front-row view of the race. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than being on the deck of a Super Yacht in Monte Carlo with a glass of Champagne while watching the most famous race in the world.

    Dates: May 23-26, 2024