The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders have fielded a men's basketball team since 1999, and have called the jewel of Corpus Christi Bay, the American Bank Center, their home since 2004. In recent years, the Islanders have given their fans quite a bit to cheer about, and have enjoyed a limited amount of success.
The Toyota Center, home to the two-time NBA Champion Houston Rockets, has the great benefit of being centrally located in the heart of the city's downtown. This location, as well as the abundance of opulence at the arena, consistently make it one of the best venues in the league.
Just north of Austin in one of its larger suburbs, Cedar Park, is the H-E-B Center, home to the American Hockey League's Texas Stars. The franchise has called the H-E-B Center home since 2009, and is now owned by Tom Gagliardi, owner of the NHL's Dallas Stars. Under Gagliardi's ownership, the Stars have taken home two division titles, two conference titles, and the AHL's Calder Cup.
Since moving into the AT&T Center in 2002, the San Antonio Spurs have enjoyed a home court advantage that is truly unique in the NBA. The team has taken home four world championships (earning a fifth in their previous home, the Alamodome) and earned a reputation as one of the most professional organizations in all of sports.
Nestled deep in the Piney Woods region of East Texas is the city of Huntsville, home to the Sam Houston State University BearKats. Currently playing as part of the Southland Conference, the school has fielded a men's basketball team since 1917. In 1976 the BearKats moved into their current home, the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum; this multipurpose building is home to both men's and women's basketball and the volleyball team.
It's been just a little over 20 years since the Alamo Bowl was created, and in that time, the game has grown in both popularity and prestige. Featuring (in theory) the second-ranked teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12, the game has seen some thrilling - and often high-scoring - contests against some of college football's traditional powerhouse programs.
The 2016 edition of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl proved to be one for the ages. Head Coach Bob Davie's New Mexico Lobos squared off with Head Coach Frank Wilson's UTSA Roadrunners, who were making their first ever bowl appearance. A raucous crowd of nearly 30,000 braved the elements, and were treated to a truly memorable kickoff to the 2016 bowl season.
About 45 minutes south of Austin, Texas is the city of San Marcos, home of Texas State University and Bobcat Stadium. While often overlooked when compared to some of its bigger neighbors, San Marcos is a truly special college town and a real gem in Central Texas. Huddled on the banks of the scenic San Marcos River,...
Against all odds, ice hockey in Texas - South Texas no less - is an unqualified success. You need look no further for proof of this than what his happening along the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1998, the NAHL's Corpus Christi IceRays have called the city of Corpus Christi home; since 2004, the team has resided in the American Bank Center next to Corpus Christi Bay.
Located just a few miles north of San Antonio's famed, tourist-friendly, historic Alamo Heights area is the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), home to the Southland Conference Cardinals. One of the oldest Catholic universities in the state, UIW began its foray into college football in 2008 with the opening of its new home field, Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.
San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the United States. With its charming mix of culture, cuisine, history, and entertainment, the Alamo City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. When it comes to sports, San Antonio has enough to quench the thirst of any hardcore fan.