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Plan Your Visit -  Detroit

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Travel Discounts

Let FIRST  help in connecting you to travel discounts! We’ve done the legwork and can save you time and money on transportation, hotel, car rental and airfare.

  • Hotel: Get the best rates with vetted hotel properties
  • Ground Transportation: Secure discounted rates while traveling in the city
  • Airfare: Check out discounts with an easy to use booking code
  • Car Rental: We’ve got discounts to save you when renting from Hertz

Event App

Enhance your FIRST Championship experience. App includes detailed program schedules, interactive maps, activities, team info, alerts, and more. Download.

Event A-Z Guide

Includes information on parking, concessions, programs, safety, and more.

Pre-Order Lunch

View lunch selections and pre-order by April 18. Download order form.

Show It and Save Discount Program

The following Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau are pleased to offer FIRST Championship discounts when you show your convention badge.

On-Site Activities

FedEx Innovation Challenge
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Welcome Party at Ford Field
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The FIRST Championship Detroit Welcome Party is a festival environment with fun for all ages. Featuring musical acts and activities throughout, don’t miss this Championship kick off experience! Located at Ford Field, just a short distance from the Cobo Center.

At the party:

  • Musical Acts
  • Digital Graffiti Walls
  • Giant Lite Brite
  • Giant Board and Family Games
  • Photo Booths
  • Balloon Artists
  • Face Painting
  • Silent Disco

FIRST Alumni Mixer presented by ABB, BAE Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Kettering University
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ford Field, Gridiron Club

An opportunity for FIRST Alumni to connect with fellow FIRST Alumni from around the world. Be sure to identify yourself as a FIRST Alum when you register for badges at Championship.

Closing Celebration at Ford Field
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

The FIRST Championship Detroit Closing Celebration at Ford Field will combine all Closing activities into one Celebration! Final matches with the top two alliances for FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge will be played, top awards for all programs will be given out with finale entertainment spread throughout the event.

The following awards will be presented at the Closing Celebration:

  • FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman’s Award
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Inspire Award
  • FIRST LEGO League Champions Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award for all Programs
  • FIRST Robotics Competition Finalist and Winners
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Finalist and Winners
  • Special Presentation of the Dean’s List Winners and Make it Loud Award

Off-Site Activities

Detroit Princess Riverboat Cruise - Friday, April 27. Special pricing for FIRST Championship attendees.

Detroit Experience - Park Activations
Head on over to Beacon Park to enjoy the FREE pop-up arcade with 15+ games and LED putt-putt! The arcade games include the World’s Largest Pac-man, Hoops Fever, Air Hockey, Pinball, and many more. The arcade will be running April 20 - April 29 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily!