Whether you take a boat to the game, kayak down a river, or eat some amazing seafood before the opening play, these unique venues make your sports experience one you won’t forget anytime soon. If you want to learn more about boating, or want to find local options for boat rentals, classes and charters in your city, check out Discover Boating.
Take a look at some of the top water-side stadiums in America.
The home of the Steelers is on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, hugging the banks of the city's famous three rivers—the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio. The stadium looks out onto the water, offering some breathtaking views for spectators at the game. PNC Park, where the Pirates play, is less than a mile away from the stadium, and while it also offers some great views, it also makes for massive amounts of traffic when both teams are playing.
If you’re looking to add some adventure to your game experience—and avoid the traffic—head to the Steelers game on the water: The $5 Gateway Clipper Shuttle at Station Square runs every 30 minutes on game days, or opt for the Water Limo Service from the Lock One Wall Marina. Just remember, it’s a no wake zone in the Pittsburgh Pool on weekends.
Looking to escape the cold and catch some football with a trip to Florida? Head down to the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, which offers fans a year-round summer feel—namely, boating along the St. Johns River. The stadium is located within walking distance of Metropolitan Park & Marina, which offers 27 acres of beach views, picnic areas, trails, and public docking, with over 70 slips for boats. You can kayak down the river—here's how to train for it—swim, or take a boat tour of the downtown area.
EverBank Field hosts more than just Jaguars games, too. The stadium plays host to the annual SEC rivalry between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs, as well as the Gator Bowl. The EverBank Stadium area has a number of restaurants that accommodate boats, including the River City Brewing Company, which has a dock where you can park your boat, Olio Restaurant, and Juliette’s Bistro.
The Metropolitan Park Marina’s boat slips are public, but require reservations when there are special events like Jaguars and college football games. Check here for more info on the stadium and area events.
The home of the Washington Huskies offers one of the best fan experiences in the nation—the stadium has capacity for over 70,000 die-hard fans and has a special tailgating area called "The Zone" for pre-game fun with food, games, and entertainment.
From your seats you can see the Cascade Mountains and beautiful views of Lake Washington, which offers fans the chance to beat the traffic by using the water to get to the game. Shuttle boat service is available and costs just $10 per person starting two hours before gametime. The nearby Husky Harbor can hold up to 150 boats of varying sizes and it also has moorage available for boats during the season. The area by the stadium offers boating, fishing, and swimming activities and grub spots like the RAM brewery, Portage Bay Café, Northlake Tavern & Pizza House, and the Wing Dome.
The Volunteers have a great setup on the Tennessee River for fans looking to add some fun to their stadium and gameday plans. The legendarily huge Neyland holds over 100,000 people, creating one of the most passionate (and all-out loud) experiences for football fans in the nation.
The Volunteer Landing area offers three miles of river views, scenic lookout areas, a visitors center, and a full-service marina for boaters. Fans can go fishing, take part in watersports, and go biking. The Volunteer Landing Marina has over 100 covered slips for boats, as well as rental houseboats and pontoon boats if fans want to take their party experience to another level.
The river-walk area has a number of restaurants and bars—many of them football-friendly—including The Stock & Barrel, a bourbon and burger spot, the Original Copper Cellar steakhouse, Chesapeake’s seafood, and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. If you’re looking for more fun around the stadium, the University of Tennessee campus is close by (less than a half-mile away), Downtown Market Square has dining, shopping, and special events, while the Old City Knoxville neighborhood has been restored from an old warehouse district into an area with nightclubs, coffee shops, independent offbeat stores, and antique shops.
Arguably one of the most boat-friendly stadiums in all of sports, the location offers amazing views of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Fans often hang out in the cove area in boats in hope of catching one of the many “splash hit” home runs that get launched out of the park. (Over 70 home runs have been hit into the cove, many of them by Barry Bonds). The area even has a scoreboard and replay screens for fans to watch the game.
For even more entertainment, you can check out the Yard at Mission Rock, a pop-up village made from repurposed shipping containers that has local gourmet food and numerous drink options, stores, as well as special events and live music.