Plan Your Visit - Detroit
See also, Hotels and Badging
- Ready to plan your trip? Check out VisitDetroit.com for information on transportation, food, and area attractions.
- Pack accordingly. Check out the weather before you leave.
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 A-Z Guide
FedEx Innovation Challenge
Coming soon. Information will be available on the app.
Welcome Party at Ford Field
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 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 Kettering University, ABB, BAE, Booz Allen Hamilton
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – 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. – 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