Washington Huskies Fans Tailgate — On Their Boats
Raft up, have a party, and walk 50 yards to the stadium entrance. That's how they do it in Seattle.
If you do your boating in or around Seattle, and you’re also a booster of the University of Washington Huskies, you probably know a trick that will be the envy of all landlocked football fans: tailgating on your boat. Or maybe it should be called transom-gating. Now this is a truly civilized way to get to the ball game.
Husky Stadium: In addition to moorage space for hundreds of boats, the docks can fit a hundred or more yachts when they’re rafted, and service many boats with a pick-up and drop-off dock — all within 50 yards of the stadium entrance.
Some of the more sedate team supporters use the game as an excuse to launch their weekend cruising plans. Some work and boat together while others are content simply to kick back and use their boats as the easiest access to the stadium.
This yacht has been attending the game for more than 30 years and occupies the first slip closest to the stadium at each game. The struggle is not to eat and drink too much before game time.
Frank (lower 2nd from left) and Jeannie Miles (lower right) have had 42 tickets to each home game for 50 years and not missed a home game in all that time. Their boat, Big Dog, swarms with family and friends and is built with football games in mind.
During game time the boats are vacated as sailors become football fans, but until then the docks are home to one of the biggest waterfront parties on the coast.
With the Seattle Space Needle visible in the distance, Husky Stadium is one of the most beautiful football venues in the country. And for transom-gaters, when the game is over, there’s no traffic — just cast off and keep cruising.