The popularity of the Texas State Bobcats football team gets stronger every year as they have among the largest fan bases in the State. Texas State played its first season in 1904, making it one of the oldest football programs in Texas. Over the years, Texas State Bobcats football tickets have grown in demand, and gamedays at Bobcat Stadium are among the most rambunctious in Central Texas. The university was originally known as Southwest Texas State and the Bobcats competed at the Division II level. The Bobcats made strides in the 1980s when Texas State moved into the Southland Conference and FCS Division I. The program joined the FBS Division I level in 2011.