UPDATED: Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:23pm
Waco (KWKT) — Football and tailgating, an American tradition that goes hand-in-hand but when a new stadium is located just off of the Brazos River, a new tradition is bound to take off full speed ahead.
“Sailgating brings a new dynamic to the game day experience here at Baylor. Every school can tailgate but not every school can sailgate,”Said Alex Dixon.
Alex Dixon, is the founder of the Baylor Bearmada, he said he has had August 31, circled his calendar for over a year. Waiting for the moment when’s water’s of Waco are flooded with green and gold.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I think a lot of other fans have too. This is something that has never been done before in the state of Texas. It's exciting to be a part of a new football tradition. My guess is there wil be about 70 boats out on the Brazos, in the basin and anywhere in between, " said Dixon.
Game day boat rentals are in high demand, Lowell Cox, owner of Sunset Watercraft Rentals in Waco, has had to buy an extra boat to keep up with the requests.
“Our business has doubled over what it was last year, we have had a whole lot more calls,” said Cox.
With the heavy traffic on the Brazos, a no wake zone has been put in place from Waco Drive to the stadium. Boaters should also remember, the same rules that apply on the road, also apply on the water.
"If they are out of bounds, drinking and doing stupid stuff,well they are going to get pulled over because lake patrol is going to be out here," said Cox.
"The purpose is to have fun, be safe and root for the Bears," Dixon said.
With this being the first year of "sailgating", Alex is unsure of how the logistics of the first game will run, but there is one thing he is certain of, “Baylor is going to destroy SMU,” said Dixon.