Just brainstorming here…
We would suggest that feeding all of the participants at lunchtime is going to be a challenge. Need some creative solutions here…. how about organizing deliveries from restaurants and food providers in the Detroit area? Or maybe a fleet of food trucks along Jefferson Avenue? FIRST, you need to be careful to give teams enough time to get their lunch if you expect them to walk somewhere…
We would ask GM to give us tours of the Chevy Volt/Bolt plant in Hamtramck
We would ask GM to have a big party in their wintergarden at the RenCen. Maybe keep the food court open in the evening to be available to teams.
We would suggest that Ford host a team party or some large event at Greenfield Village or at The Henry Ford. We would ask them to do something special at the IMAX theatre there, just for us FIRSTers. How about a screening of Spare Parts, and invite George Lopez, Fredi Lajvardi, Marisa Tomei, and Jamie Lee Curtis to host the movie?
We would suggest that the organizers get some big name music people to perform at the Fox Theater during Championship week. Imagine having a big name act at the Fox each night.
We would ask GM to give tours of the Milford Proving Ground. Would it be too much to ask for free Camaros for the gearheads, and free Volts or Bolts for the tree-huggers?
We would suggest that FIRST get some nautical organization (Coast Guard or Navy?) to moor a huge cool boat on the riverfront, and give tours.
We would suggest that FIRST and the State of Michigan do something cool in the waterfront state park that is walking distance from the RenCen.
We would suggest that FIRSTers fill Comerica Park with baseball fans, let Cy-ber Young throw out the FIRST pitch (get it?), and then enjoy baseball and fireworks on a cool April night (bring your jackets and hats).
We would ask Supernatural Brewing & Spirits to have a DS&TKB appearance at their place.
We would figure out how to best use the new Q-line light rail system to help the FIRST event (free rides for students with credentials? only stop at the FIRST event stops for the three days? make a “robot parade” transport cart to move the teams to Einstein?
We would tell FIRSTinMichigan to use their 2018 events to help “trial run” ideas for Champs (i.e., put em in the same location), to help work out the bugs.
We would recognize the massive challenge of getting teams from Cobo to Ford Field for Einstein is gonna be trouble, and will need some major logistics focus. Who walks, what gets a ride, where will the flow of people go, how to handle security, what if it rains, what if it SNOWS, You can do it! BUT you need to give us a tested, optimized, well-thought-out process. Ask for help from the community! If you wing it and it sucks, we will kill and eat you. 🙂