Images courtesy of Arianna Aloia/ISLAND WAVES - President Quintanilla, Mayor Joe McComb, and members of volleyball and basket teams gathered to cut the ribbon

Corpus Christi takes another step into the college town role with the opening of the Islanders Pavilion and Courts

April 26, 2019

On April 24, the Islanders Pavilion and Courts located in downtown Corpus Christi at The Water’s Edge (602 S. Shoreline Blvd.) celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

The Islanders Pavilion and Courts are a product of the vision of President Kelly Quintanilla and Philip Skrobarczyk from Fulton Construction, the former TAMU-CC Foundation Board President, working together with the City of Corpus Christi to promote the Island University and bring life to the downtown area.

Athletic Director, Jon Palumbo, gives speech.

Athletic Director Jon Palumbo relayed how monumental this development is for the athletics program, and that there will be some great opportunities coming to the Islanders Courts next April.

“We will be hosting the first ever Southland Conference Championships,” said Palumbo. “The Southland Conference will be sponsoring Beach Volleyball for the first time. We finally have enough teams in the league for it to be recognized as a conference sport and have a Conference Championship. So, we are very much looking forward to that. …

“This is the first step towards Corpus Christi really becoming a college town and really an engagement for our community down here,” continued Palumbo. “We could not be more excited.”

The Islander Beach Volleyball team is encouraged by the opening of the courts because it will really help to promote their growing program and be a halfway point for teams from the West and East Coasts to come and play.

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi beach volleyball team practicing on the new courts.

“It’s super exciting for our program,” said Abigail Devido, #5 on the beach volleyball team, “because we are in a huge growth stage right now, and this past season we got to play some top-ranked teams. So, we are looking forward to bringing those top-ranked teams to us next year at these courts and this amazing location, and just home to get the community and our fan base out here to watch us compete.”

Look for a full version of this article in our upcoming paper, Issue 8, that will be on stands May 2. There will be more in-depth information and comments from Quintanilla, Skrobarczyk and Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb.

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