Game On

Check out 21 sporting events boaters can get to, see or attend on their vessel.

Region: West

region-west-boat-sporting-eventsSan Francisco Giants game

AT&T Park, San Francisco

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco. The stadium is located in the city’s South Beach neighborhood, right on San Francisco Bay.

Parking: Dock your boat at South Beach Harbor, just north of the stadium, if you’re planning to attend the game. Or, for a unique game-day experience, launch your kayak or dinghy and follow the action from McCovey Cove (you’ll be able to see scoreboards and replay screens). The closest boat launches are at Pier 52, Oyster Point in South San Francisco and Berkeley Marina.

Tip: Bring a net if you want to want to patrol the cove for a homerun ball. To increase your odds of getting a ball, any ball, join the traffic jam that starts hours before the game; players usually hit at least half a dozen balls into the cove during practice. A couple of final notes: No motors are permitted inside the cove’s marked area, and please keep clear of the China Basin Ferry dock. (South Beach Harbor, Pier 52)

Bridge to Bridge Race

Where: St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco

Parking: You’ll want to be on the water for this epic kiteboarding and windsurfing sprint in late August, which starts at the Golden Gate Bridge and finishes at the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Tip: In addition to windsurfers and kiteboarders, you’ll also see Aussie 18 Skiffs and other exciting, high-speed sailing boats — including jaw-dropping sailing hydrofoils. Don’t miss the start, which is a spectacle in every sense of the word.

American Century Celebrity Golf Championship

Where: Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Stateline, Nevada

Parking: There’s a beach party at the 17th hole. We’re not kidding. Boaters nose onto the beach, or drop the hook just offshore, and kick off one of the quirkiest spectator events in the world of golf.

Tip: Bring your swimsuit, music, beach chairs, coolers, grills, frisbees and Nerf balls to this mid-July celebrity golf tournament, and get ready to party while watching 80 pro athletes and Hollywood celebrities compete for their share of a $600,000 purse and the American Century Championship Cup.

Husky Stadium is one of the loudest sports venues in the country.

University of Washington Huskies game

Husky Stadium, Seattle

Husky Stadium, Seattle

Where: Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, Seattle. The stadium sits above Union Bay on Lake Washington.

Parking: Moor in Lake Washington, and climb aboard the shuttle boat to the stadium. This is known as college football’s version of San Francisco’s McCovey Cove.

Husky Stadium, Seattle

Husky Stadium, Seattle – Photo Credit: John Beatly

Tip: You’ll have an unparalleled tailgate experience on Lake Washington, with stunning views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and Olympic Mountains to the west — just be sure to get your mooring permit before game day. And get ready for the roar, because Husky Stadium is one of the loudest sports venues in the country.


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