Texas State Bobcats Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Terrence Johnson

Team Mascot: Boko the Bobcat

Year Opened: 1982

Capacity: 10000

City / State: San Marcos / Texas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

I-35 Rivalry: Texas State-UTSA

Rival Team: UTSA Roadrunners

The I-35 Rivalry began in 1991 when UTSA joined the Southland Conference and has been going strong ever since. The two similarly sized Texas-based schools are only 60 miles apart, so there are lots of bragging rights on the line when these two meet. Make sure to get tickets when the Roadrunners come to town as you wouldn’t want to miss Texas State and UTSA battle it out in the I-35 Rivalry.

Texas State Bobcats vs Texas State Bobcats

Rival Team: Texas-Arlington Mavericks

The two Texas-based teams have met in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the last three years sparking an intense rivalry. There are always a lot of bragging rights on the line when these two square off, so you’ll be in for a good one when attending a Texas State - UT-Arlington game.

Texas State Bobcats Stadium Guide

In Game

Strahan Arena is a quaint venue that will put you right at the heart of the action making it one of the best places to take in a college hoops game in the Sun Belt. During Bobcats games, Strahan Arena is rocking as the fans go all out to give the Bobcats as much of a home court advantage as possible. All throughout the game, you’ll hear cheers and chants coming from the Loud Crowd, and the Texas Strutters put on an unforgettable show making a Bobcats game an excellent experience.

In addition to a fantastic atmosphere, Strahan Arena is also home to several tributes to Texas State athletics. The Wall of Honor celebrates all of the best athletes in school history, and if that’s not enough for you, the display case features a variety of trophies and other awards won by the Bobcats over the years. Also, make sure to take in the banners hanging above the court as well.

Finally, San Marcos is one of the best college towns around, so arrive a day before the game to take in all the town has to offer. There are tons of bars, restaurants, and entertainment options here to keep you entertained throughout your trip making San Marcos a great college hoops road trip destination.

If you’re a Sun Belt basketball fan, then you won’t be able to beat a trip to San Marcos where you’ll experience an excellent basketball game and fun college town.

Things to check out

Victory Star

Following Texas State victories, the star on Jackson Hall is lit. Stop by Jackson Hall after a Bobcats victory to see the star illuminated and celebrate the Texas State victory.

Wall of Honor and Display Case

The Wall of Honor and display case at Strahan Arena do an excellent job of celebrating the history of Texas State athletics. The two exhibits honor the best athletes and teams in the school’s history, so make sure to check them out.


Hanging above the court are several banners celebrating the Bobcats basketball team’s conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. The banners give a good look into the program’s past success and serve as an excellent motivator for every player on the court.

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Hand Signs

Texas State fans have several unique hand signs, which they display during games. The “Heart of Texas State” hand sign is made by holding up your left hand in the shape of Texas and the “Eat ‘Em Up, Cats” sign is made by holding your right hand in the form of a bobcat paw. Use both the “Heart of Texas State” and “Eat ‘Em Up, Cats” signs to show off your Texas State pride.

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The Loud Crowd

You won’t find a louder group of fans at a Texas State game than The Loud Crowd. This group of diehards cheers on the Bobcats win or lose, so make sure to join in on their chants and give Texas State as much of a home field advantage as possible.

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Texas Strutters

Don’t miss the Texas Strutters performance during your trip to San Marcos. The Texas State dance team will dazzle you with their routines, so stay in your seat when these talented dancers take the court.

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Fight Songs

  1. Go Bobcats

    Texas State’s fight song

    Go Bobcats all the way,
    Keep that maroon and gold on high!
    Fight on for every play
    until you hear that Bobcat battle cry!
    We’re gonna cheer for our team today
    Until the whole world knows our name.
    No doubt about it,
    We’re gonna shout it —
    Bobcats will win this game!

  2. Alma Mater

    It was written by Jessie Sayers to the tune of “Ancient of Days” in the early 1900s. One unique thing about this alma mater is that the students only sing the first and last verses.

    O, Alma Mater, set upon the green hills,
    With turrets pointing upward to the sky;
    We yield to thee our love and our devotion;
    Mother of hopes and aspirations high.

    Thy spirit urges us to deeds of valor,
    Raising the fallen, cheering the oppressed;
    Thy call will echo clearly down the ages.
    Dear Alma Mater, mother loved and blessed.

  3. Texas! State!

    At Texas State, the fans like to get as jacked up about the game as the players. They do this through a popular game day chant where one side of the arena chants TEXAS, and the other side chants STATE. The chant gets progressively louder until the entire arena is filled with the thundering roars and applause of the Texas States fan. The chant is a great way to amp up the Bobcat players and fans, while simultaneously striking fear into the opponents.


  4. T-X-S-T


Texas State Bobcats Bars & Restaurants

  1. AquaBrew

    AquaBrew burger

    Craft beer is at the heart of AquaBrew, featuring an open brewhouse concept in full view of the dining room.

    110 E Martin Luther King Dr Suite 130, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA

    512-353-2739 (BREW)

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Black Rabbit Saloon

    Black Rabbit Saloon

    A whiskey-driven good time on the Historic Square in downtown San Marcos.

    127 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Chances R

    Chances R

    Your favorite drink in a pleasant atmosphere. Pool, shuffleboard, digital jukebox, and the best cocktails in San Marcos!

    138 S L B J Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Showdown


    Great drinks, good food, nice people!

    207 E Hutchison St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Louies San Marcos

    Louies San Marcos

    Delicious seafood, awesome beer and other great drinks that will keep you coming back for more!

    119 E Hutchison St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Chimy’s Cerveceria

    Chimys Cerveceria beer

    A place that pours the coldest beer & squeezes out a gut-wrenching time all together.

    217 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $

  7. Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub + Texas Grub

    Sean Patricks Irish Pub Texas Grub

    Sean Patricks is on “the square” in beautiful downtown San Marcos, Texas. Where the Irish and Texan spirit reign!

    202 E San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - european - sportsbar - $$

  8. Veranda Bar

    The Veranda

    With its big selection of drinks, this is definitely a cool place to chill with friends!

    139 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Treff’s Tavern

    Treffs Tavern

    The Tavern is a bar where you can find numerous groups of people from all walks of life, and this makes it's one of the more diverse bars in San Marcos.

    804 Chestnut St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Taproom

    Tap Room

    The Tap Room has 9 large flat screen tv's so you can catch the game. So bring your appetite and come enjoy what has kept our customers coming back year after year.

    129 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Alvin Ord’s Sandwich Shop

    Alvin Ords Sandwich Shop

    Superlicious sandwiches that are just heaven in every bite!

    204 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  12. Gil’s Broiler

    Gils Broiler burger

    Gil’s Broiler & Manske Roll Bakery is the oldest restaurant in San Marcos, and the only place in the world where you can come to get the famous Manske roll.

    328 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Saltgrass Steakhouse

    Saltgrass Steak House

    Saltgrass Steak House recaptures the flavor of the open campfire. Steaks, chicken and seafood, chargrilled to perfection. Complete with breads, soups and desserts, made from scratch daily.

    I-35, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$

  14. Harper’s Brick Oven


    Located at a cool historic building, they serve great brick-oven pizza and cool drinks!

    139 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - sportsbar - $$

  15. Railyard Bar and Grill

    bar drinks

    We feature a full bar, beer garden, and excellent food at even greater prices!

    116 S Edward Gary St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. Torchy’s Tacos

    Torchys Tacos

    Now serving Damn Good tacos!

    301 N Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $

  17. Gumby’s Pizza & Wings

    Gumbys Pizza Wings

    Super tasty pizza and delicious wings that will rock your world!

    312 W Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$