We want to make sure everyone attending the FIRST Championship has a safe and enjoyable experience. We’ve made a few changes to entry and seating we think will help improve things this year.
One Additional Entrance Open
Both Entry A and Entry B at the Edward Jones Dome will be open for arriving teams. Entry A we used last year, and is at the southwest corner of the dome at Convention Plaza and Broadway. Entry B is located at the southeast corner of the dome at Convention Plaza & 7th St. See the map here: http://explorestlouis.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Americas-Center-Level-1-Floorplan-with-Capacities-5-22-13.pdf .
Crowd Control Barriers
Crowd control barriers will be present at both entrances. Individuals will be following an S-shaped path through the barriers to reach the doors. This should help control the flow.
Venue security and additional volunteers will be stationed inside and outside the entries to help keep everyone safe. All bags will be checked by security staff upon entry.
Additional Deck of Seating
An additional deck of seating will be open to allow teams to watch matches. This deck is not large, but it will provide some additional space for teams.
Team Viewing Area
We’re piloting an active viewing area this year for Divisions. Only team members from teams in the match being currently played will be allowed to sit in those reserved seats. When a match is complete, the next set of team members will rotate in. Security staff and volunteers will be on hand to help ensure smooth transitions between groups. The seating capacity in this area is not unlimited, so we ask larger teams to be considerate of others in sharing the space. It may take us some time to get a handle on this process, and we appreciate your patience. The primary intent of this change is to help ensure team members can get good seats when their teams are up. This may also help lessen concerns over getting just the right seats when the doors to the venue open, but we will see.
Fans wait outside a Beatles concert in Seattle in 1964 (Stuart B. Hertz/seattlepi.com file)
Even with these changes, we still need your help! It’s great to see that the opening of the doors to the FIRST Championship generates about as much excitement as the opening of the doors to a typical Beatles* concert used to, but we really need everyone to take their time, be considerate of others, and listen to instructions by staff. Safety is the priority. With these changes, we’re hoping to help make things safer, and more fun.
*The Beatles were what us old-timers call a “rock band”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles I recommend The White Album (not its real name BTW), specifically the track ‘Revolution 9’. But I don’t recommend listening to that particular track in the dark, using headphones.
Frank for the win! (Again.)