FRC Blog - More Details on the Festival of Champions

Participating Teams and Schedule

We now have our full slate of teams participating in the upcoming Festival of Champions! Along with our 2017 Chairman’s Award winning Teams, 3132, Thunder Down Under, from Sydney, Australia, and 2614, MARS, from Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, as our guests of honor, we have the following teams competing:

Representing Houston

973, Greybots, Alliance Captain, from Atascadero, California, USA

1011, CRUSH, from Tuscon, Arizona, USA

4188, Columbus Space Program, from Columbus, Georgia, USA

5499, Bay Orangutans, from Berkeley, California, USA

Representing St Louis

2767, Stryke Force, Alliance Captain, from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

254, The Cheesy Poofs, from San Jose, California, USA

862, Lightning Robotics, from Canton, Michigan, USA

1676, The Pascack Pioneers, from Montvale, New Jersey, USA

You may notice that Team 4188 was not actually on the Winning Alliance at FIRST Championship Houston, but instead was on the Finalist Alliance. Unfortunately, Team 2928, Viking Robotics, from Seattle, Washington, USA, who was on the Winning Alliance, will not be able to join us at the Festival. Team 973, as Houston Alliance Captain, selected Team 4188 to complete their Alliance for the Festival competition, per the rules published here.

These teams will be participating in a welcome reception at FIRST HQ in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA, the evening of Thursday, July 27th*. Friday, July 28th, invited teams will be splitting their time between a visit to Dean Kamen’s company, DEKA, which is very near FIRST HQ, and time on the field at the event venue, getting their robots calibrated and ready for the big competition the next day. They may even get a little practice in with their alliance partners during this time.

Saturday morning, July 29th, will be the competition itself, and that afternoon invited teams will be having dinner at Dean’s home in Bedford, NH, a town adjacent to Manchester.

The Competition

The competition portion of the event will take place at the SNHU Arena in Manchester. (Our event is not yet showing on the venue calendar, but will be soon!) This is where the Granite State Regional had been held before New England transitioned to the District model, and it’s a great venue for this event.

At this time, the competition is scheduled to take place between 9AM and 12PM Eastern. Both FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition matches will be run during this period. Everyone is welcome to attend this portion of the Festival in person, and join the party! The event is free and open to the public, just like all other FIRST competitions. We will have plenty of good seating available. Driving directions (does anyone really still need those these days?) and parking options (OK, you might still need those these days) for the venue can be found here.

For those who can’t make it in person, the event will be webcast. We’ll have more details on viewing options at a later time, and we are working to make the at-home viewing experience well worth your time.


*Teams may even be offered a chance to see ‘the door’ behind which FIRST Robotics Competition game development takes place. For some reason, ‘the door’ seems fascinating to some students in FRC. I don’t know why, as ‘the door’ is just ‘a door’. (Though to be honest, opening the door would lead to an experience not unlike this.)

And this has now been corrected thanks to Leila Silver’s Facebook comments.

Rip 2928, wish they could have gone.

Especially considering half the competing teams are from the west coast, starting the competition 6AM on a Saturday morning is probably not the best to ‘make it loud’.

No joke. We wanted to host a streaming party for local teams, presuming it would be later in the afternoon.
Guess we’re all heading to the workshop at 5:30…

I have been through the Door. And it was Good.

I’m actually surprised they didn’t go for more of a “primetime” event for this. It’s like they don’t want anyone to watch it.

I try :stuck_out_tongue:

They’re trying to make sure that the event doesn’t run until almost midnight this time.

Unfortunately, there’s easier ways to do that–like have 1 championship and not need it!

Or just plan it to run until midnight. And invite CBS to make a documentary!

Probably so teams can fly home Saturday night and not have to pay for a hotel another night. Or the arena times were limited.

With the dinner at Dean’s, I bet it’s the latter.

I looked on Priceline for Saturday flights from MHT to some likely airports for these teams: SFO, ATL, DTW, EWR, TUS. In all five cases, the last flight out was an American flight leaving at 4:51 PM (and then whatever connection in Charlotte). There’s also a 4:50 PM United flight that’s on the table for some of those routes.

BOS is only about 1.5 hours away.

Okay, let’s go with it.

SFO: 9:49PM
ATL: 7:30PM
DTW: 9:45PM
EWR: 7:10PM
TUS: 4:35PM

Some folks might be able to bolt at 7:00 after an early dinner and still make it…but that’s not looking like a great option either.

So sleep in and leave Sunday morning. First flight to ATL is at 6…

And would have been 5…

Dean could have a lock in.

or fly them home in his helicopter.:stuck_out_tongue: