Whether you call it boatgating or sterngating, dock your boat here for pregame food and fun.

By Ashley Talley
September 11, 2002

Florida and Georgia tailgaters aren't the only fans who enjoytheir pregame festivities on the water. Lakes and rivers play hostto several college football revelries around the country.

University of Tennessee
The so-called "Vol Navy" comes out in full force every gameday, lining the slips of Volunteer Landing along the TennesseeRiver with grills, coolers, and plenty of blazing orange aboardtheir boats. The party continues until just before kickoff, whenthe floating armada of fans makes the quick 200-yard trek up toNeyland Stadium. But leftover food and half-full coolers are sureto beckon Vol fans back to the water just after the fourthquarter--if not before.

University of Washington
Lake Washington becomes a sea of dark purple any fallSaturday that the Huskies are in town. Continuing a tradition thatbegan in 1920, eager fans arrive by boat at Husky Stadium to ashore that is easily accessible from all over Seattle. Water taxisferry "boatgaters" to and from the game, but often people can'tdecide if there is more action on the field or in the water.

West Point
Though they leave water expertise up to the Navy when itcomes to military operations, Army fans specialize in it duringfootball season. Pregame parties extend along docks lining theHudson River, and students, parents, alumni, and friends get readyfor the game aboard boats of all shapes and sizes. The party willbe a little smaller this year, as increased security is restrictingthe number of slips available. But the northern docks will stillplay host to the floating revelry and those loyal Army fans.