2020 Oklahoma Regional

Starting this thread early because… why not?

I figured some people might be interested in the OKC Thunder games across the street from the FRC event. One is during early load-in on Wednesday and the other on Friday evening.

Mar 11 (Wed) @ 7pm - Utah Jazz
Mar 13 (Fri) @ 7pm - Minnesota Timberwolves

and the tickets are the cheapest I have ever seen them ($15$6). (They are cheap for a reason, though). (despite having an NBA all-star and making a strong run at the playoffs - go see them! They are great this year!)

So far I see 52 50 teams registered. We have some international flair, too! The team count looks like:

  • 2 from Brazil
  • 3 4 from Mexico
  • 1 from Texas
  • 4 from Missouri
  • 1 from Louisiana, (not enough gumbo available in Oklahoma)
  • 1 from Colorado (decided atmospheric pressure in lowlands was too dense)
  • 1 from Minnesota (probably coming to see the Timberwolves) (decided last-place Timberwolves weren’t worth coming to watch)
  • 39 41 from Oklahoma

For the out-of-towners: just stay downtown if you can. There is a new streetcar system that will get you pretty much anyplace you need to go for $1/trip or $3/day. There are a bunch of hotels with a negotiated rate for rooms for FRC teams.

There is a ton of dining in Bricktown (just east of the convention center), but Midtown and Automobile Alley are also on the streetcar and have a lot of good dining, too.

The Myriad Gardens are just west of the Cox Arena (which used to be called… the Myriad). The Bricktown Canal is a fun walk and you can also take a sightseeing tour boat (though there isn’t that much more to see than when you walk). Scissortail Park just opened and looks like a great space just south of Bricktown. Riversport opens for the season on March 14 (Saturday), so if you are into whitewater rafting or really tall ropes courses it is just south of Scissortail Park on the Oklahoma River.

For load-in you drive your trailer / truck / whatever into the arena and unload inside. Hopefully this won’t get messed up this year by the Thunder game traffic flow patterns.

If you have any questions about OKC, please post them here and I (or some other friendly Oklahoman, I’m sure) will try to answer them!

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Looks like the 2 Brazil teams dropped out of the regional.

That’s too bad. All the Brazilian teams we’ve ever played with have been a lot of fun.

Anyone coming to OKC, in addition to cheap OKC Thunder tickets ($6 each for a block of 4 as of this post time), I just got a promo thing for The Illusionists for $31 at the Civic Center Music Hall on Friday and Saturday nights of the regional.

Friday tickets for $31 - must purchase on Jan 31
Saturday tickets for $31 - must purchase on Jan 31

Just trying to keep our visitors informed of things to do while in town that aren’t robots!

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It turns out that this was the last FRC event to (almost) ever be held in the Cox Convention Center venue.

RIP Cox Arena, you were a great FRC venue with 10’x15’ pits and drive-into-the-building load-in and load-out. And a great location, too, with lots of food and things to do downtown

I understand that there are other options being explored for the regional nearby for future years. Standby.

That’s a bummer. As this was the only regional we have competed in to date, our team got kind of spoiled by the large pit area. I got to hear some of the discussions about venue selection for the new green country regional in Tulsa and it made me appreciate the OKC arrangement more.
Hopefully both regionals find good homes when everything gets back to normal.

It kind of blows my mind that OKC is suddenly a film production destination, but OKC has changed a lot in the last 10 years, too.

I personally think a FIRST competition in Scissortail Park or some other outdoor venue would be a big hit in this year of COVID. Having one outdoors comes with its own challenges (rain chances, wind, sun angle ruining vision tracking just to name a few), but way better than not having anything at all. And if you knew you were going to be outdoors you could have some contingency plans for most of those things.

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