‘Sailgating’ and football combine at Baylor stadium

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Recreational boats and sports don’t usually go together –- unless you’re talking about college students partying outside their riverside football stadium before a big game.

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, recently moved its Bears football team from Floyd Casey Stadium, a few miles from Baylor, to McLane, a new stadium on campus that lies just across the Brazos River.

Some Baylor students and alumni with access to boats have started a new tradition — a variation on tailgating before the game: sailgating.

For the home opener on Aug. 31, an estimated 200 boats crowded the lagoon — and even some swimmers. Most of the sailgaters arrive in motorboats. There are 18 slips and a floodwall along which fans can dock their boats, and there is a drop-off zone.

“At this point, there haven’t been any issues,” McLennan County game warden Matt Kiel told the New York Times.

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