2022 APR 19 | Written by Frank Merrick, Director FIRST Robotics Competition
While some folks arrived earlier, most of the FIRST staff and I arrived in Houston yesterday for FIRST Championship. I went to an Italian restaurant close to the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the event is being held, and had a lovely pepperoni pizza pie for dinner. It was the cat’s pajamas.
Speaking of lovely pies, we’ve got our final (final!) Division lists for the event along with a spicy pit map topping. Check them out! Please note a preliminary version of pit assignments was released last night but some pits have changed so please double check before you arrive on site. This information will also soon be updated in the FIRST Championship app.
We are beyond excited to welcome 454 (count ‘em. And we did, several times) FIRST Robotics Competition teams to what I’m sure will be an amazing event. If you won’t be making it in person, you can still follow all the action on Twitch!
Can’t wait for team load-in Wednesday so we can get this party started!
Wow COLMN is strongly represented in the pits at champs! Can’t wait to see how it plays out for them.
Idk, WPA and INSP are really gunning for that top spot!
CD: plz stop doing randomized pits
FIRST: does non-randomized pits
rookie row: incoherent screaming
Don’t worry at least the Carver Rookie’s get 5462 with them, you know a team who is not attending.
I am just glad that after the last 2 champs we are not next to inspection again it made getting in and out of our pit area a little more challenging then we would have liked.
Quickly Adding 5462 to my scouting list
They did a great job at the NE championship despite having to share space with other teams, so I’m really looking forward to how they do this week
Nah in NE I felt like the Spikes were always on the field right next to the Soaked Plywoods they stood out way more to me.
I thought someone said they drove the spikes right through the soaked plywood. Through the carpet also. Using a jackhammer. Is that right?
Nah, they cut the carpet. No metal touchy. JUST ALL THE GAFF TAPE.
As someone who’s only ever worked events on concrete arena floors or masonite over basketball courts…what happened here?
Dirt floor. Plywood over the dirt, with those spikes being used to hold down the plywood to try to keep it from warping.
Uncivilized horse arena.
Del Mar Fairgrounds removes the dirt before FRC plays.
I feel like this setup & field crew should get volunteer of the year every year the event is at this arena
https://youtu.be/9eqqaMidZyM?t=681 we’ll see about next year LOL
Did some searching for info about the Big E Coliseum, but couldn’t find a reference indicating what is under the dirt. Maybe just more dirt?
They do sometimes hold events other than equestrian, including symphony concerts. Do they just lay down some carpet for those as well? Nice looking building, over a century old.
Probably the jetlag but this confused the hell out of me… I had no memory of being at NE