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View Poll Results: What is the best regional in the East?
New Jersey 26 16.35%
Philadelphia 16 10.06%
UTC/Hartford 36 22.64%
Chesapeake 7 4.40%
VCU/Richmond (VA) 12 7.55%
Boston 7 4.40%
New York City 5 3.14%
Florida 20 12.58%
Finger Lakes 15 9.43%
Long Island 3 1.89%
New Hampshire 12 7.55%
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Re: Best Regional in the East

I'm kinda biased, if I say NJ, seeing as how it's my home regional, but I love Philly too.

NJ has always had a great team of volunteers behind it, and the competition is as fierce as any Championship event, however the arena is a little iffy (although we're trying to fix that for this year)

NJ might have me and Chiniqua, but so does Philly (we're an equal opportunity supporter)

Philly the fans are great, the crowd gets pumped...plus it's only a walking distance to Cereality...a cafe that serves only cereal...it's great.
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Re: Best Regional in the East

Excluding the NYC Regional,
my top three (from past experiences and from speaking to other mentors & coaches) East coast Regionals are:

1. NJ Regional- competitive, awesome plays and entertaining
2. VCU Regional- Friendly, big and fun
3. Long Island- friendly, comfortable and a place I can bring the whole family.
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Re: Best Regional in the East

Is there anyone in FIRST who has attended every one of these regionals? Otherwise how can anyone attest to making an actual informed opinion when there is so much unknown?
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Re: Best Regional in the East

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Is there anyone in FIRST who has attended every one of these regionals? Otherwise how can anyone attest to making an actual informed opinion when there is so much unknown?

My viewpoint comes from attending Granite State Regional, NJ, Philly, Pittsburgh, Finger Lakes, Detroit, Waterloo, GTR, West Michigan and Buckeye. No I haven't seen them all yet but I am trying.
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Re: Best Regional in the East

My top picks from best to worst

UTC
Finger Lakes
Boston
New Jersey
VCU
Florida
Philadeplphia
New Hampshire
Long Island
Chesapeake
NYC

(I have been to UTC, Fingerlakes, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Long Island, New Hampshire, NYC)
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Re: Best Regional in the East

I have to vote for the hometown regional, UTC-Connecticut.
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Re: Best Regional in the East

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Is there anyone in FIRST who has attended every one of these regionals? Otherwise how can anyone attest to making an actual informed opinion when there is so much unknown?
My team has been to NJ, Philly, UTC, Florida, Long Island, and Granite State. I have had a lot of contact with teams that said good things about Boston, Chesapeake and Finger Lakes. This year we are going to tryout Toronto to see what all the shouting is about...out West

I'll let you guess my vote
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My viewpoint comes from attending Granite State Regional, NJ, Philly, Pittsburgh, Finger Lakes, Detroit, Waterloo, GTR, West Michigan and Buckeye. No I haven't seen them all yet but I am trying.
Steve, Expand your viewpoint. Come visit the Chesapeake (-;
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Re: Best Regional in the East

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Is there anyone in FIRST who has attended every one of these regionals? Otherwise how can anyone attest to making an actual informed opinion when there is so much unknown?
Ed, you've identified one skew for the events. Here's a few more:

1) the age of the Regional (the younger Finger Lakes scores quite well against grandfather New Jersey -- give it a few more years)

2) the number of different teams who have attended the specific regional over the years (VCU is a large regional, Pittsburgh is smaller, so even if they were equal in age, VCU should receive more raw votes just due to the fact that more teams would pass through)

As Ed says, "Best" is a poor descriptor for this judgement. "Favorite" would be a better one.

My favorite is always "The Next One!"
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Steve, Expand your viewpoint. Come visit the Chesapeake (-;
It's the same weekend as Detroit. However if I don't get asked there is a chance that I might make the trip.
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Re: Best Regional in the East

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VCU has been the largest regional in the states for a number of years. BEST VENUE EVER. And it has tremendous loyalty from travelling teams. 843 keeps coming back from all the way in Canada if that's not proof enough!
How can you say best venue ever? Have you been to every venue?
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Re: Best Regional in the East

At FLR, I love the "family" atmosphere. The pits aren't very big, so it takes you no longer than 30 seconds to walk from one end of the pit to the other. The stands are right near the field, so teams can come down right next to the field and cheer their team on. It's very cool, because as the drive team exits the field, we can get input and congratulations from team members as we walk out, and 10 seconds later, were back to our pit.
If any team is in need of anything, any other team is right there to help. Whether its programming, electrical or simply in need of a hammer, any team is ready and willing to stand up and help.
Friendships can be made, and kept at FLR, due to the fact that most teams that attend this event are no longer than 30 minutes away from each other.
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I encourage any of you they may be in the area, or are even a little bit out of the way, come to the FLR 2007, you'll walk away changed.

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At FLR, I love the "family" atmosphere. The pits aren't very big, so it takes you no longer than 30 seconds to walk from one end of the pit to the other. The stands are right near the field, so teams can come down right next to the field and cheer their team on. It's very cool, because as the drive team exits the field, we can get input and congratulations from team members as we walk out, and 10 seconds later, were back to our pit.
If any team is in need of anything, any other team is right there to help. Whether its programming, electrical or simply in need of a hammer, any team is ready and willing to stand up and help.
Friendships can be made, and kept at FLR, due to the fact that most teams that attend this event are no longer than 30 minutes away from each other.
FLR is a great experience. Even though teams such as 1126, 191, 340, and many others don't get the experience of travelling to a Regional, the experience we do receive at FLR is indescribable.
I encourage any of you they may be in the area, or are even a little bit out of the way, come to the FLR 2007, you'll walk away changed.
very good description of it and i must agree whole heartedly!!! i love the fact that anything you need is always within your hands around 1-10minutes after you ask. also like you said the "family" atmosphere is huge. it is more like the feeling of a family reunion with a robotics competition instead of a robotics competition where you see a bunch of random people.
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Re: Best Regional in the East

Richmond has my vote.
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Re: Best Regional in the East

How do you define best??

Do you define it as the most competitive?
Do you define it as the biggest or smallest event?
Do you define it as the nicest venue?

"Best" is certainly one for personal interpretation.
Over the years:
*coughs coughs* Was even a spectator at the "Barn" in New Brunswick.
I have participated in New Jersey and Chesapeake.
I have been a spectator at New York, and Philadelphia.

Given that I am only familiar with 4 regionals I can only vote from what I know and what I have seen.

Chesapeake certainly is one of the nicest events I've been to, both in quality and environment.

Philadelphia certainly is nicer neighborhood than Trenton, if the venue was larger to hold more teams or more spectators it would be even better.

New York has a solid level of competition. Being they are going to be in the Javits Center, I anticipate it will only get bigger and better.

New Jersey "appears" to have a slightly higher level of competitiveness than the others, but the neighborhood and the arragement with the venue leaves something to be desired at best.

So how do you rate best? I have to stick with my home regional and say New Jersey for now, but I won't count out anyone for the future.
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