Frank Answers Fridays: October 25, 2013

Blog Date: 
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 15:05

This week’s question is from Joe Barry, Team 987, The High Rollers, from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA:


Hi Frank,

Now that we have the Championships venue decided upon for several years to come it makes sense to continue to enhance the experience in St. Louis in ways that ensure a fun, rewarding, educational, and safe experience. As referenced in various Chief Delphi posts and a personal discussion with you this past season, it is obvious that much still needs to be done to make the early morning team entry into the dome a more orderly and safe experience. Has FIRST figured out at a safe, workable crowd control plan for the venue ensuring the same set of doors are clearly labeled and used for ingress, effective roping for a proper que of teams, wristbands, timed intervals for each team's entry, etc.? Of all the planning efforts associated with this awesome event, I am sure we all agree that none is more important than those that relate to the safety of all individuals participating in it.


Thanks for the question, Joe. 

You are correct that safety is our top priority.  For the 2013 FIRST Championship, we added stanchions outside the entryway to help guide individuals safely through the doors of venue, and also had additional individuals assigned to crowd control, reminding everyone to slow down.  In the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing, which happened just a few days before the event, we also added bag checks and security dogs to the event, with the goal of increasing the safety and comfort of all attendees.

We are working now on the security and crowd control plan for the 2014 FIRST Championship.  We don’t have details finalized yet, but we’ll pass along information important to teams when the time comes.  You can expect, though, that there will be changes to how these elements are handled, and as always, we’ll be counting on the teams do their part to help keep the event safe.

I’ll blog again soon.



Speaking from the perspective of someone who was there, seating for the finals was a big issue for FRC-perhaps the most poorly planned part. Has a better, more workable system been found?

This one appears to have struck a nerve.

High Schools have the opportunity to apply for a 3D printer thru their school. Has FIRST given thought to afterschool programs like Girl & Boy Scouts, 4 H teams, Boys & Girl Club teams and home schooled teams in their selection process of the FIRST Choice 3D lottery system? Thanks,
Susie Rich, Mentor FRC #2881 Lady Cans

Every team has a unique situation regarding resource access. Rather than attempting to sort through them, we'll be treating all FRC teams the same with respect to the 3D printers, just as we do with other FIRST Choice items.

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