Team load out is Saturday at 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. If teams are loading out during the morning or later in the afternoon you will load out the same way that you loaded in on Tues/Wed, at the back on the loading docks. Please note that FIRST Robotics Competition teams will be loading out at the same time and there will be congested traffic.
If you are able, and driving a passenger vehicle, FIRST Tech Challenge teams will be able to load out the front doors, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm. If you do not meet these requirements you will use the general load out procedure.
Step #1 - On Saturday, April 28th when your team is completely packed and ready to load out, bring your packed equipment to the que near door A at the loading docks.
Step #2 - Call your driver and have them proceed to W. Fort Street (heading in toward downtown Detroit). There will be 1 lane designated for FIRST Tech Challenge vehicles on W. Fort Street. Do not get into the FIRST Robotics Competition lane or the driver will be asked to circle around the block to get into the correct lane.
Team vehicles should arrive within 10-15 minutes from the team in the pit. Driver cannot arrive before team is in que at the loading dock. Vehicles will be directed when they can turn right onto 2nd Avenue and proceed across W. Congress Street and enter into rear loading dock at Cobo Center.
Your driver will be provided a loading dock space number as they pull into the loading dock area.
Drivers must stay with their vehicle at all times.
Step #3 – Move your packed items to the assigned dock space number when told by the load out volunteers.