September and October are a sweet spot for boaters and sports fans alike as baseball and football season overlap with boating season.
Boatgating, the combination of two American pastimes — boating and tailgating — is emerging as a trendy way to enjoy both, according to Discover Boating.
“There are several major stadiums on or near water where boatgating has become one of the more popular ways to gear up for the game,” TV sports analyst and former pro football star Jason Taylor said in a statement. “Outside of being on the field, catching a game from my boat may be one of the best seats around. Boating while you tailgate puts a whole new spin on the pre-game party.”
Boatgating, also dubbed sailgating, stern-gating or transom-gating, has become a unique way for boaters and sports fans to experience the tradition of tailgating with an extra element of fun. Game day starts and ends with a relaxing cruise on the water, much more enjoyable than sitting in pre- or post-game traffic. For those with boats furnished with access to a grill, refrigerator and ample seating, boatgating becomes even more convenient. No lugging of grills, chairs or other cooking gear when it’s all on board.
The best boatgating stadiums include Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash.; Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.; Heinz Field in Pittsburgh; EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.; Soldier Field in Chicago; Nationals Park in Washington D.C.; AT&T Park in San Francisco; and Citi Field in New York City.