Baylor’s move from the 64-year-old Floyd Casey Stadium to the brand new McLane Stadium is a significant upgrade for the Bears. The new $250 million stadium sits along the Brazos River, giving Bears fans some unique pregame experiences.
Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said months ago that pregame “sail-gating” will be a unique aspect of the McLane Stadium atmosphere. And now, the Waco Tribune is reporting that fans might be able to arrive at McLane Stadium via water taxi.
Per the Tribune, “Outdoor Waco,” a downtown store along the Brazos, has a deal in place with a Hilton hotel in Waco to bring guests in a pontoon boat from downtown to the stadium.. The store may offer rides to the public as well, Outdoor Waco general manager Trinity Robb told the Tribune.
“The city and Baylor are talking about a gameday weekend, and we want to enhance that with fun things to do,” Robb said.
Robb said he hopes to have the boats ready before the season kicks off on August 31 against SMU, but he has to look into certain licenses from the city before the project can officially get the green light.
Outdoor Waco and the Waco Hilton already have a “handshake agreement” in place. The plan is for the boats to pick up passengers at the store’s launch point under the Franklin Avenue bridge. From there, the passengers will be transported to “a spot yet to be determined at the stadium.” The trip would take just five minutes.
Robb said he is looking at two boats “with the capacity for 11 to 15 passengers.” The goal would to be to carry about 130 passengers to and from McLane on gameday. If there’s room for extra passengers, Robb said a ticket would cost around $10.
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