Wear your badges at all times - otherwise you can't get into anything
Hours for Pickup
Tuesday 7am – 6pm
Wednesday 6am – 8pm
Safety glasses in the pit and playing areas
Don't leave valuables unattended
Teams are responsible for knowing their match times and are expected to queue 30 minutes prior to their matches without the help of an announcer.
Teams need a minimum of 15 minutes to travel from their pit space to the playing fields. Please leave extra time to get back and forth between the pits and playing fields.
For qualification matches, FIRST will make every effort to keep close to the published schedules. Keep close watch of the pit display for any moment-to-moment changes. There will be no audio queuing.
Announcements - grouped together and announced every 15 minutes.
To submit request, write your division, team number, and needed part on a piece of paper and give it to the Pit Administration staff. Additional announcements will be made at half hour intervals.
All parts requests will also scroll across the bottom of all Field Channels available in the pits. Please see Pit Cable Specifications below for more information.
Pit Hours: Wednesday, April 17
12:00pm – 4:00pm Team Load In – 6 Team Reps Only
4:00pm – 8:30pm Pits Open
Thursday, April 18
7:00am – 5:30pm Pits Open
Friday, April 19
7:00am – 6:00pm Pits Open
Saturday, April 20
6:45am – 3:00pm Pits Open
Only essential team members are allowed to disassemble and pack items in pits.
Aisles must be kept clear for freight movement and team load out.
Remember that teams are required follow all Event Rules. Teams should also read the Expectations for events found here.
Pit Cable Specifications Each pit will be provided with an RF Cable Drop. 12 channels will be available to watch in each pit: 6 Sub-Division Field Channels, with parts requests scrolling across the bottom, and 6 Sub-Division Rankings Channels. Additional information on pit cable specifications.
Sub-Division Playoff Pit Spaces There will be assigned pit spaces for FIRST Robotics Competition sub-division playoff matches to be shared by 4 team alliances. Alliances must work together to share the space accordingly including tools and equipment. Any pit structures cannot exceed 6 feet in height.
Make to sure to check out:
Check out other FIRST programs
LEGO League Junior (Grades K - 4) - Room 310 and 320 on Level 3
FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-16) - Hall A Level 1 at the George R. Brown Convention Center
FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12) - Hall B Level 3 at the George R. Brown Convention Center
FRC 8 (That's US) - Halls B – D, Level 1 at the George R. Brown Convention Center - six playing fields
Hall of Fame Booth Home of previous FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award Winners. Chairman’s Award Clock and Woodie Flowers Award on display for viewing. This is a great opportunity for you to interact with some of the top FIRST Robotics Competition teams and learn what it takes to become a Hall of Fame team!
For our Grads: FIRST Alumni Class of (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) ribbons available at Innovation Faire (Thursday – Friday)
The FIRST Championship Conference will be held Wednesday- Friday. Topic areas include: (See the App)
Technical Resources (designing, building, programming or other technical application)
Mentor/Coach/Volunteer Resources (supports to improve the team experience)
Education (implementing FIRST programs in the classroom or school setting)
Diversity and Inclusion (cultivating talent and promoting the full inclusion within FIRST)
Innovation & Entrepreneurship (product development, product marketing, design thinking, creating a team culture of innovation, start-up success stories, business planning, idea pitching, etc.)
Alumni and Career (career preparation and job opportunities, staying involved with FIRST after graduation)
FIRST Store - Get your FIRST gear now!
Located on site on Level 1, outside Hall C, and Level 3, Hall B3. Hours of operation: Wednesday, April 17 from 6:00am – 6:00pm Thursday, April 18 from 7:00am – 6:00pm Friday, April 19 from 7:00am – 6:00pm Saturday, April 20 from 6:30am – 3:30pm
Team Picture Area - located on Level 1 of the Lobby near Hall D. Need to supply our own photographers for the pictures.
Innovation Faire - brings together FIRST sponsors and supporters with the student community - Grand Ballroom
engaging interactive events and booths
college scholarship row
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
**Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
**Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
**FIRST Scholarship Providers and Alliances only on Thursday and Friday
Specific First Presentations you might be interested in:
Thursday, April 18
10:30 – 11:20 am CT, Room 370CF
Get information about the recruiting priorities at top companies as well as tips that will help guide you to career paths that leverage your FIRST skills. Walk away with helpful tips and advice on how to build your professional networks, strengthen your resume, and advance your career by leveraging your FIRST experience as a student, mentor, or volunteer.