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  • Tailgating On The Water – Top Boatgating Destinations


    By: | Date: September 23, 2022

    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:

    • Pro Football: Texans vs. Jaguars – October 9, 2022
    • College Football: Bethune-Cookman vs. Jackson State – October 15, 2022
    • Pro Football: Giants vs. Jaguars – October 23, 2022
    • College Football: Georgia vs. Florida – October 29, 2022
    • Pro Football: Raiders vs. Jaguars – November 6, 2022
    • Festival: Q BBQ Fest: BBQ, Bands, Beer – November 19 – 20, 2022
    • Pro Football: Ravens vs. Jaguars – November 27, 2022
    • Pro Football: Cowboys vs. Jaguars – December 18, 2022
    • Pro Football: Titans vs. Jaguars – January 8, 2023

    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:

    • Pro Football: Bills vs. Ravens – October 2, 2022
    • Pro Football: Bengals vs. Ravens – October 9, 2022
    • Pro Football: Browns vs. Ravens – October 23, 2022
    • Pro Football: Panthers vs. Ravens – November 11, 2022
    • College Football: Navy vs. Notre Dame – November 12, 2022
    • Pro Football: Broncos vs. Ravens – December 4, 2022
    • Pro Football: Falcons vs. Ravens – December 24, 2022
    • Pro Football: Steelers vs. Ravens – January 1, 2023

     

    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:

    • College Football: Rhode Island vs. Pitt – September 24, 2022
    • College Football: Georgia Tech vs. Pitt – October 1, 2022
    • Pro Football: Jets vs. Steelers – October 2, 2022
    • College Football: Virginia Tech vs. Pitt – October 8, 2022
    • Pro Football: Buccaneers vs. Steelers – October 16, 2022
    • College Football: Syracuse vs. Pitt – November 5, 2022
    • Pro Football: Saints vs. Steelers – November 13, 2022
    • College Football: Duke vs. Pitt – November 19, 2022
    • Pro Football: Bengals vs. Steelers – November 20, 2022
    • Pro Football: Ravens vs. Steelers – December 11, 2022
    • Pro Football: Raiders vs. Steelers – December 24, 2022
    • Pro Football: Browns vs. Steelers – January 8, 2023
    • Concert: Luke Combs World Tour – April 29, 2023

    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:

    • Pro Football: Texans vs. Bears – September 25, 2022
    • Pro Football: Commanders vs. Bears – October 13, 2022
    • Pro Football: Dolphins vs. Bears – November 6, 2022
    • Pro Football: Lions vs. Bears – November 13, 2022
    • Pro Football: Packers vs. Bears – December 4, 2022
    • Pro Football: Eagles vs. Bears – December 18, 2022
    • Pro Football: Bills vs. Bears – December 24, 2022
    • Pro Football: Vikings vs. Bears – January 8, 2023
    • Concert: Luke Combs World Tour – May 6, 2023

     

    5. FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland, OH)

    The FirstEnergy 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 FirstEnergy Stadium:

    • Pro Football: Steelers vs. Browns – September 22, 2022
    • Pro Football: Chargers vs. Browns – October 9, 2022
    • Pro Football: Patriots vs. Browns – October 16, 2022
    • Pro Football: Bengals vs. Browns – October 31, 2022
    • Pro Football: Buccaneers vs. Browns – November 27, 2022
    • Pro Football: Ravens vs. Browns – December 17-18, 2022
    • Pro Football: Saints vs. Browns – December 24, 2022
    • College Hockey: Faceoff on the Lake: Big 10 Men’s Hockey – February 18, 2023

    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.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at Nationals Park:

    • Concert: Elton John – The Final Tour – September 24, 2022
    • Baseball: Braves vs. Nationals – September 26-28 & 30, 2022
    • Baseball: Phillies vs. Nationals – October 1-2, 2022
    • Event: DC Beer Festival – November 5, 2022
    • Event: Enchant – November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023

     

    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.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at Citi Field:

    • Concert: Rolling Loud Festival – September 23-25, 2022
    • Baseball: Marlins vs. Mets – September 27-28, 2022
    • Baseball: Nationals vs. Mets – October 3-5, 2022

    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.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at T-Mobile Park:

    • Baseball: Rangers vs. Mariners – September 27-29, 2022
    • Baseball: Athletics vs. Mariners – September 30 – October 2, 2022
    • Baseball: Tigers vs. Mariners – October 4-5, 2022

     

    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.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at Oracle Park:

    • Baseball: Rockies vs. Giants – September 27-29, 2022
    • Baseball: Diamondbacks vs. Giants – September 30 – October 2, 2022
    • Event: Opera at the Ballpark – November 11, 2022
    • Event: Play Golf at Oracle Park – November 17-20, 2022

    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.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at Petco Park:

    • Concert: Wild Horses Country Festival – with Cody Jinks & Midland – September 24-25, 2022
    • Event: Padres Fiesta in the Park (White Sox) – Gallagher Square – September 30, 2022
    • Baseball: Giants vs. Padres – October 5, 2022
    • Concert: A Day To Remember – Gallagher Square – October 7, 2022
    • Concert: FKJ – Gallagher Square – October 9, 2022
    • Concert: Marc Rebillet – November 3, 2022
    • Concert: Elton John – November 9, 2022
    • Concert: Zach Bryan – Gallagher Square – November 11, 2022
    • Football: SDCCU Holiday Bowl (NCAA) – December 28, 2022
    • Event: Monster Jam – January 15-16, 2023
    • Event: AMA Supercross – January 22, 2022

     

    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.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at Amalie Arena:

      • Concert: Lizzo – September 24, 2022
      • Hockey: Hurricanes vs. Lightning – September 28, 2022
      • Hockey: Predators vs. Lightning – September 29, 2022
      • Concert: Panic! At The Disco – October 5, 2022
      • Concert: Jane’s Addiction – October 7, 2022
      • Hockey: Panthers vs. Lightning – October 8, 2022
      • Hockey: Flyers vs. Lightning – October 18, 2022
      • Hockey: Islanders vs. Lightning – October 22, 2022
      • Concert: Greta Van Fleet – October 26, 2022
      • Concert: Iron Maiden – October 27, 2022
      • Hockey: Senators vs. Lightning – November 1, 2022
      • Hockey: Hurricanes vs. Lightning – November 3, 2022
      • Concert: Marc Anthony – November 4, 2022
      • Hockey: Sabres vs. Lightning – November 5, 2022
      • Event: Adam Sandler – November 6, 2022

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      • Hockey: Oilers vs. Lightning – November 8, 2022
      • Concert: Reba – November 11, 2022
      • Hockey: Capitols vs. Lightning – November 13, 2022
      • Hockey: Stars vs. Lightning – November 15, 2022
      • Hockey: Flames vs. Lightning – November 17, 2022
      • Hockey: Bruins vs. Lightning – November 21, 2022
      • Concert: Five Finger Death Punch & Brantley Gilbert – November 22, 2022
      • Hockey: Blues vs. Lightning – November 25, 2022
      • Hockey: Maple Leafs vs. Lightning – December 3, 2022
      • Hockey: Red Wings vs. Lightning – December 6, 2022
      • Hockey: Panthers vs. Lightning – December 10, 2022
      • Hockey: Kraken vs. Lightning – December 13, 2022
      • Basketball: Ohio vs. Florida – December 14, 2022
      • Hockey: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning – December 15, 2022
      • Concert: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 18, 2022
      • Hockey: Canadiens vs. Lightning – December 28, 2022
      • Hockey: Rangers vs. Lightning – December 29, 2022
      • Events: WWE Smackdown – December 30, 2022
      • Hockey: Coyotes vs. Lightning – December 31, 2022

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    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.

    Quick overview of upcoming events at Xcel Energy Center:

      • Hockey: Avalanche vs. Wild – September 25, 2022
      • Event: WWE Monday Night RAW – October 5, 2022
      • Hockey: Blackhawks vs. Wild – October 6, 2022
      • Concert: Chris Stapleton – October 7, 2022
      • Hockey: Stars vs. Wild – October 8, 2022
      • Concert: Lizzo – October 11, 2022
      • Hockey: Rangers vs. Wild – October 13, 2022
      • Hockey: Kings vs. Wild – October 15, 2022
      • Hockey: Avalanche vs. Wild – October 17, 2022
      • Hockey: Canucks vs. Wild – October 20, 2022
      • Hockey: Canadiens vs. Wild – November 1, 2022
      • Hockey: Kraken vs. Wild – November 3, 2022
      • Concert: The Smashing Pumpkins – November 4, 2022

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      • Concert: Keith Urban – November 5, 2022
      • Hockey: Sharks vs. Wild – November 13, 2022
      • Hockey: Penguins vs. Wild – November 17, 2022
      • Hockey: Hurricanes vs. Wild – November 19, 2022
      • Hockey: Jets vs. Wild – November 23, 2022
      • Hockey: Maple Leafs vs. Wild – November 25, 2022
      • Hockey: Coyotes vs. Wild – November 27, 2022
      • Hockey: Oilers vs. Wild – December 1, 2022
      • Hockey: Ducks vs. Wild – December 3, 2022
      • Event: Disney on Ice – December 8-11, 2022
      • Hockey: Oilers vs. Wild – December 12, 2022
      • Hockey: Red Wings vs. Wild – December 14, 2022
      • Hockey: Blackhawks vs. Wild – December 16, 2022
      • Hockey: Senators vs. Wild – December 18, 2022
      • Concert: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 23, 2022

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    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 February 25-27, 2023.

    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.

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