Check out 21 sporting events boaters can get to, see or attend on their vessel.
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn. This stadium, home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team, sits on the banks of the Tennessee River.
Parking: Fortunately for boaters, Knoxville boasts Volunteer Landing, a three-mile downtown riverwalk that includes the full-service Volunteer Landing Marina (with slips accommodating boats 24 to 70 feet) as well as a variety of restaurants.
Tip: If you like tailgating, you’re going to love this. When the Vols are hosting a home game, Volunteer Landing teems with boats awash in grills, coolers and, of course, plenty of orange and white. And when the game’s over, you’re only minutes from Downtown Market Square, Gay Street and Old City Knoxville.
Lake of the Ozarks Shootout
Where: Captain Ron’s Bar & Brill, Sunrise Beach, Mo.
Parking: Lake of the Ozarks. Seriously, the lake itself is your parking lot during this massive August event, which raises funds for Lake Area Rescue Teams and other local nonprofit organizations. Hundreds of spectator boats raft up together in snaking lines that can be up to three miles long.
Tip: The best way to view the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest most definitely is from a boat. The staging area is near Cedar Cove/Standing Rock Hollow; the racecourse starts near Cedar Cove at the 32.5-mile marker and ends just shy of the Hurricane Deck Bridge to the northwest. You can expect to see roughly 100 of the country’s top racers in offshore racing powerboats that can reach and even exceed 200 mph — and you’ll be one of more than 100,000 fans. It’s going to be unforgettable.
Baylor University Bears game (the other Bears)
Where: McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas. Located on the Brazos River, this stadium is home to the Baylor University Bears football team.
Parking: An inlet on the Brazos River serves as a boat basin. The university’s 18 slips sell out each year, so head for the first-come, first-served tie-up wall, which can accommodate 12 to 14 boats. Nearby boat launches include the MCC Launch on the Bosque River, and the Brazos Park East launch.
Tip: The boat basin is the best place to watch the “March of the Bears” tradition where coaches and players cross the bridge to the stadium. And, if you can’t find a spot along the tie-up wall, consider rafting up with other “sailgaters.” The Bearmada record is a 26-boat raft-up on game day.
Possum Kingdom Lake has been home to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition more than once.
Possum Kingdom Lake cliff diving
Where: Possum Kingdom State Park, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Parking: Drop the hook or raft up at Hell’s Gate on this Brazos River reservoir, where you might be able to see divers take on Devil’s Island’s staggering 90-foot cliffs, reaching 55 mph before plunging beneath the waves.
Tip: It’s illegal to cliff dive here, unless you’re part of an organized event. So, for now, come enjoy this popular raft-up party spot … and the largest Fourth of July fireworks show in Texas, which is saying something. But keep an eye on the calendar. This has been home to the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition more than once, and it could show up on the schedule again.
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