Hope you had a great time at the 2018 Detroit Championships!
Quick update, some initial train-of-thought items….
There was a killing in Detroit. The killers were FIRST and the City of Detroit. The victims were our appetites for good food! They fed us like the champions we are! Thanks for doing such a great job! Best lunch venue in FRC history with lots of choices, staged lunches, little waiting, flexible rules, and an exotic view on the riverfront (we’re looking at you Canada)!
Wish we had known there would be complaints about bathrooms. Pro tip: Use the bathrooms that are meant for the general public, not the ones that are there for the workers. We suspect that many of the bathroom complaints came from people who dont like to stray from the pits. Our suggestion would have been to walk out of the main hall, cross the walkway to the east side of the big atrium area, and walk into the palatial (seriously, they are nice, and big) restrooms. We visited a number of times, and they were never crowded. The walk was not that long. Hope this relieves some people’s concerns next year.
Load-In and Load-Out
Wow was it clogged. One way in, and one way out. Every third vehicle was a motorcoach which spent a long time parking, opening up the cargo bay, rearranging stuff underneath, loading/unloading, rearranging more stuff, closing things up, getting people on and off the bus, and then moving slowly on its way. Our advice: dont let the motorcoaches in the back door! They are not load-in / load-out friendly. They should use the front door, and each of the 40 people riding the bus can take an item out of the bay and carry it. The teams who had a truck+trailer were much quicker at loading and unloading. Hopefully next year there will be some better thought and guidance for motorcoach teams vs. truck & trailer teams vs. the dreaded motorcoach & trailer teams.
We will update more! Thank you for reading!