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Plan Your Visit -  Houston

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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 13. Download order form.


Restaurants near the George R. Brown Convention Center.

On-Site Activities

Air Force Performance Lab
Come test your mental and physical strength with interactive challenges that put skill and determination to the test! Air Force Performance Lab is located in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center on Avenida De Las Americas.

FedEx Innovation Challenge
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Welcome Party presented by NRG at Discovery Green Park
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The FIRST Championship Houston Welcome Party, presented by NRG, is a festival environment with fun for all ages. Featuring musical acts and activities throughout, don’t miss this Championship kick off experience! Located in Discovery Green Park directly across from the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Throughout the park:

  • 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 ABB, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, and Two Sigma
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | 1st floor concourse outside of Hall C in George R. Brown Convention Center

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 Minute Maid Park
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

The FIRST Championship Houston Closing Celebration at Minute Maid Park 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

Space Center Houston invites FIRST coaches, students and parents to engage in interactive and hands-on learning while making connections to the inspiring wonders of space exploration. Check out the exclusive FIRST opportunities.