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Unofficial Detroit Champs Blog

Announcing a new resource for teams who will be attending the 2018 FIRST Championship in Detroit.

The blog website https://UnofficialDetroitChamps.wordpress.com is written by FIRSTers from the Detroit area, and will contain information that should help teams have a great experience in Detroit in 2018. If you have questions about the logistics of getting around the downtown area, hotels and restaurants, activities for your team, and other Detroit local knowledge, this site will be of interest to you!
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I hope folks will find this BLOG helpful in getting a lay of the land.

For those coming in with a large group of students, and not sure what to do with them, I would highly recommend the Henry Ford Museum. Unlike a lot of the other "car" museums, this one is really more of an industrial museum with lots of exhibits throughout the industrial revolution. There are some amazing Planes, Trains, and of course automobiles. Definitely worth a tour.
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I hope folks will find this BLOG helpful in getting a lay of the land.

For those coming in with a large group of students, and not sure what to do with them, I would highly recommend the Henry Ford Museum. Unlike a lot of the other "car" museums, this one is really more of an industrial museum with lots of exhibits throughout the industrial revolution. There are some amazing Planes, Trains, and of course automobiles. Definitely worth a tour.
Additionally, if the weather is nice Greenfield Village is on the same property and it's another amazing thing to explore. (That may just be my history degree talking though)

And the first thing I looked for in that blog was Coney, and I highly HIGHLY recommend any of the hundreds of metro Detroit locations to out of towners. It's the first place I take people from out of town to eat.
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Re: Unofficial Detroit Champs Blog

Let's go Detroit folks! It's time to make everyone feel welcome.

Here are some other ideas that are quite local to the event:

Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit Zoo
Detroit Science Center
Ford Rouge Tour - 5 miles away so you probably don't want to walk there, but it's very interesting and worth it - especially for the technologically inclined.
River Tours
Bell Isle
Greektown (primarily for food)
Mexicantown (Primarily for food)
Cranbook Science Center - better later in spring and summer.
Comerica Park Tours
Hard Rock Cafe
Campus Martius
Escape Room - If you haven't done escape rooms, there are a number in Michigan, some allowing up to 13-15 people in one 'room'. They are pricey though. One is within 5 minutes of the venue.

Surprisingly, you will find a huge amount of fine dining (dress-up style fine dining) around the area. You will pay $$ for the food though.

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Don't forget....CONEY. I get them to eat every time I come home. That and Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff.
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Re: Unofficial Detroit Champs Blog

What no love for east bound 94 corridor? Some hotel/motels by Macomb mall and a few restaurants. If you going to be busing it might as well swing into Hamtramck and try the Polish Village restaurant. They got a nice small 2nd floor you may be able to use for eating and team meeting. There is also Jacoby's in downtown Detroit. Oldest German bar/restaurant in the city I think and they also have a 2nd floor space. There are probably more bars/restaurants downtown that have 2nd floor space to reserve but I can't think of them.
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Re: Unofficial Detroit Champs Blog

First off, thanks so much for this thread - it will help a lot of us that are very unfamiliar to the Detroit area. I will be honest, I am one of many people that are a little wary of bringing students to Detroit based upon the area's reputation (yes, I know that a lot is hyperbole).

Can you guys provide a map of the general area and the best spots? Also the areas to avoid?

Thanks so much for doing this - I have already bookmarked the blog. I am sure that FIM will not disappoint!
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