7 Tips for Making the Most Out of Islander HOCO Weekend

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Homecoming games are fast approaching and you’re going to want to make the most out of the experience, even with the cancellation of the Homecoming Block Party. The fun will go on, and below is a list of how to get the most out of this year’s Homecoming games.

  1. Show Off Your Islander Pride

Take time away from studying to cheer on our Islanders Basketball teams with Izzy, make a sign for the game, and sit with the Blue Crew. Wear your Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shirts, don some blue and green face paint, and add some extra Islander accessories to compete with your friends for the most Islander Pride! Post pictures with #ShakasUp and #IslanderHOCO.

  1. Safety First

Festivities are always more fun with a friend – and safer. You can also save gas and time on parking by riding with friends. Keep in mind that if you decide to partake in the festivities, make sure you and your friends have a safe way to get home, even if that means taking a Lyft or having a designated driver.

  1. Prepare for the Weather

With the possibility of rain, you’re not going to want to forget to bring a poncho or umbrella and dress in the proper attire. If you’re going to be out and about all day, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and be sure to bring a jacket.

  1. Check Your Bags

Don’t get held up by not taking the right bag or purse. The American Bank Center requires a clear plastic bag (no larger than 12 x 6 x 12), a gallon Ziploc bag, or a clutch with a wrist or shoulder strap.

  1. Bring Cash

You’re sure to get hungry from cheering during the game, so don’t forget to bring cash to grab a snack from the concession stand.

  1. Don’t be Late

Don’t forget, the Islanders Women’s Basketball game gets underway at 3 p.m., and the Islanders Men’s Basketball game tips off at 7 p.m. Islander students get in free with their current SandDollar$ ID.

  1. Shakas Up!

Not sure how to “Shakas Up”? Well, you’re going to have to practice! Watch the video below to find out how.

TAMUCC Hand Sign Demo

The official hand signal for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is the "shaka", as demonstrated by Islander Cheerleader, Raven! A common greeting gesture, the shaka sign consists of extending the thumb and smallest finger while keeping the three middle fingers curled, and raising the hand as in salutation with the back of the hand facing the person that is being greeted. Noted to have many meanings, the shaka is widely accepted to mean "hang loose".