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View Poll Results: Would you be interested in coming to europe in 2006?
Yes 42 60.87%
Possibly 15 21.74%
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Would you like to come to europe?

So, with the possibility of the regional in europe next year. We need to know how many US teams would be interested in coming over to join us and to help us make a full regional (i believe current plans are for 30 teams, and we are (in my opinion) not going to manage to get 30 teams up in one year.
So please vote and say below
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

Too far. Too much money. If we did it would be in place of the championship (that would not go over well with the team) and we get nervous taking our kids over the border to Canada (lots of foreign born kids on the team) so Europe would most likely be out of the question.
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

dont be sorry. the point is to see how many people are thinking about it or anything, its just as helpful to say no
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

We try to go do a really far away regional or a big regional each year. Usually its championships, but since we weren't planning on going this year we went to New Hampshire. Europe I think could be a possibility, but our team would have to be more financially stable.
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

team 233, the pink team, would definitely be interested. keep in touch
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

I think there's a difference between being interested and being a possibility of going. I'd be interested as in it'd be neat to go. But I don't think itd be financially possible.
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

I, personally, would be somewhat interested in going if the price were affordable. (Perhaps the teams traveling to the event could get in on hotels, Championship-style?)
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

As much as i would say i would love to go with my team to Europe for a regional, this would most likely kill our entire travel budget in one event, thus we would go nowhere else and compete in no other events. This would be a hard fight to make when we could competete in the regional here in town, chicago, detroit, st louis, buckeye, WMR, the list goes on of regionals much much closer to us. So i'd say although i'd like to come i dont see it happening, maybe i could scam a plane ticket and come myself.

However, rather then bringing american teams i say its a better and in the long run a more effective plan to try and start 30 teams around Europe, there are plenty of countries over there, and although it would be a challenge, harder things have been done. That would make it a true regional, rather then just an exotic event people are traveling too. Granted I'm sure there are teams that would still consider attending, but I'd say start some more teams and when the local interest is ready, go for it, look at Israel, granted they had support from FIRST doing all this, but they started all those teams and the regional in 1 year. Who's to say Europe or Asia or Africa oculdn't do the same thing?

Good luck, and maybe in a few years i can come and watch a regional in Europe.
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

I am all for it, however from a budget standpoint, I am not sure. I ahve been to Europe a few times and I have discovered it would be more cost effective to hold the event somewhere in Spain, it seems to be the country in Europe with the most affordable economy for us Americans. I love Europe, and I would love to travel there to compete~!
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

the idea is to start 30 teams and i quote "with the hope of at least 10 surviving" but there really simply arn't enough people here who have seen it already. I think there are only about 10 other people from europe interested in first, plus the 2 uk teams
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

oh, and on the travel note, budget airlines are cheap and cheerful....
our flights were about $650 each this year, because the nyc regional was over easter weekend, but otherwise
i wouldn't think that it could be that expensive, for example i just did a search and found that new york to london and back with one week gap at 236 ( approx $450) with America Airlines
you can also find cheaper flights if you wnat to change in iceland or something...
but the question is really would you like to and be able to
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

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oh, and on the travel note, budget airlines are cheap and cheerful....
our flights were about $650 each this year, because the nyc regional was over easter weekend, but otherwise
i wouldn't think that it could be that expensive, for example i just did a search and found that new york to london and back with one week gap at 236 ( approx $450) with America Airlines
you can also find cheaper flights if you wnat to change in iceland or something...
but the question is really would you like to and be able to
Considering that our fee for team participation was $250 this year, I don't think we'd be able to. Even at those rates.

It's just so much cheaper to travel in the continental U.S. We use school buses to get to regionals in Michigan (which we don't have to pay for, since the district provides them) and a chartered bus for bigger trips. Since we've got issues covering even that, there's no way that 818 would be able to afford to fly to Europe.

That said, it would be an amazing experience. I've never left North America, and a chance to compete overseas would be more than enough to get me to mentor on 818 next year. Even with a two hour round trip every day.

I like the idea of having a smaller Europe "division," though. A European regional could function like the Israeli one, where only the area teams are allowed to compete, or it could be open to everyone. If it happens, FIRST will figure out how to make it work. I'm sure of it.
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

I think it could work great if Dean (hint hint Mr Kamen... ) chartered a 747 for all the FIRST participants out of Dulles or JFK...
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

our team participation was 350 =~$700 , excluding food etc.
anyway, its just a preliminary survey to see interest.
and that would be great bt highly unlikely with the 747
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Re: WOuld you like to come to europe?

Would I like to go: Hell yeah
Could I go: Probably not, we're looking at $1,000+ per person.
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