Bobcats Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: G. J. Kinne

Team Mascot: Boko the Bobcat

Year Opened: 1981

Capacity: 30000

City / State: San Marcos / Texas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

I-35 Maroon/Orange Rivalry

Rival Team: UTSA Roadrunners

Texas State and the University of Texas-San Antonio have a long-standing rivalry, which began in 1991 when UTSA joined the Southland Conference. Recently, the two schools have moved their rivalry from the hardcourt to the gridiron. The two teams met for the first time in 2012 when Texas-San Antonio beat Texas State 38-31 at the Alamodome in front of a WAC record crowd of 39,032 fans. Both schools hope to develop a strong football rivalry over the next few years.

Texas State vs Houston

Rival Team: Houston Cougars

The Bobcats are scheduled to play a home and home series with the Cougars starting in 2015 in the hopes to foster an instate rivalry between the two schools.

Bobcats Tailgate Guide


The tailgate lots at Texas State before games showcase what Texas football is all about, featuring plenty of great food, friends, school pride, and country music. Before games the parking lots host a variety of live music brought in by the university or private parties. The fans at the Texas State tailgates are exceptionally friendly, so just bring a case of beer and some grilled meats and you’ll make friends around you real quick!

If you’re looking for the wildest parties, students recommend venturing into the areas around campus, where you can find a diverse collection of bars and night clubs. The Square is an area located in the downtown section of San Marcos and home of the local bar scene, so make sure to give it a shot if you’re looking for drinks, dinner, or live entertainment before or after the game.


The Square

The Square is located in the downtown section of San Marcos and is host to the local bar scene. It’s the perfect place for all of your pre and post game activities, whether it be drinks, dinner, or live entertainment the square is the place to go. All this can be done while celebrating a big Bobcats win with alumni and current students.

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Tailgate Concerts

The Texas State tailgate lots really showcase what Texas football is all about. The tailgate features plenty of food, friends, and country music. Before games, the tailgate lots host a variety of musical acts brought in by the university or private parties. The tailgate is a great place to carouse and make friends before the watching the Bobcats take the field.

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Bobcat Alley

The central tailgating area at Texas State is Bobcat Alley, which is open to all student organizations, alumni, and RVs. If you’re looking to tailgate with the biggest Bobcats fans around then set up shop in Bobcat Alley.

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Bobcat Courtyard

The courtyard located directly outside of the stadium features fan entertainment on game days. The shaded area is a great place to hang out before the game, so make sure to check it out during your visit to San Marcos.

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Where to tailgate

Bobcats Stadium Guide

In Game

Texas State football games provide a friendly and fun atmosphere. The students here have a lot of pride in their football team, which comes as a result of the school’s long run of success in the FCS before their recent promotion to the FBS. The fans here love to show off their Bobcat pride and will be cheering on their team all throughout the game regardless of the score.

The loudest subsection of the student body is known as the Loud Crowd. The Loud Crowd have the inside scoop on what is going on in the program and lead the student section on game days. If you are looking to get into the Bobcat game day spirit, the Loud Crowd is the group for you.

Whether you’re sitting with the Loud Crowd or with the Texas State alumni, you’ll have an excellent time attending a Bobcats football game.

Things to check out

The End Zone Complex

The End Zone Complex is the hub of the Texas State football program. It houses the coach’s office, training room, weight room, and team meeting rooms, so if you’re looking to see what takes place behind the scenes then make sure to check out The End Zone Complex.

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West End Complex

Home to the press and luxury boxes here at Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium. Those of you wanting to experience a Bobcats game in style will want to get tickets in the West End Zone Complex.

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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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Fight Songs

  1. Go Bobcats!

    This is Texas State’s primary fight song, which is sung before kickoff and after each score. Go Bobcats riles up the crowd and team to provide that extra umph needed to get the victory.

    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 Chant

    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 stadium chants TEXAS, and the other side chants STATE. The chant gets progressively louder until the entire stadium 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.


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 - $$