PCH Columbus Event

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Date(s) - 03/16/2017 - 03/18/2017
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Columbus State University Recreation Center


Welcome to the PCH District Qualifier Event Columbus held on the beautiful campus of Columbus State University.

March 16th – 18th, 2017

Schedule of Events:

Competition Schedule

(Day 0) 3-16-17  Thursday
5:00PM-10:00PM Pits Open
7:00PM Sign up for Chairmans and Deans List interviews at Pit Admin
8:30PM-9:00PM Optional Lead Referee Meeting for Drive Team (on field)
(Day 1) 3-17-17  Friday
8:00AM-10:15AM Pits Open, Practice Rounds, Inspections
9:00AM Mandatory Drivers Meeting (on field)
10:15AM Proceed to stands for Opening Ceremonies
10:30AM-11:00AM Opening Ceremonies
11:00AM-1:00PM Qualification Matches
1:00PM-2:00PM Lunch
2:00PM-7:00PM Qualification Matches
8:00PM* Pits Close
(Day 2) 3-18-17  Saturday
8:00AM Pits Open
9:00AM-9:30AM Opening Ceremonies
9:30AM-12:30PM Qualification Matches
12:30PM-1:00PM Alliance Selections
1:00PM-2:00PM Lunch
2:00PM-5:00PM Final Rounds
5:00 PM-6:30PM Awards Ceremony
7:00PM* Pits Close

Activities Schedule

(Day 1) 3-17-17
10:00AM-3:00PM:  FLL Jr., FLL & FTC Demonstrations in Front Lobby
10:00AM-3:00PM:  Sponsor Row Open
12:00PM-1:30PM:   VIP Event with Light Refreshments (Invitation Only)

(Day 2) 3-18-17
8:30AM-12:30PM:  FLL Jr., FLL & FTC Demonstrations in Front Lobby
10:00AM-1:00PM:  Sponsor Row Open

*Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds.  See Pit Administration table for updated times.

Parking Information

Parking at this venue is free to all participants, guests and spectators.  Please follow signs in parking lot that will direct you to designated areas (trailer and bus parking).

Load In/Out Instructions for Teams

All teams must report to lot 5 when arriving at Columbus State University. You will be issued a number in the order you arrive. We do not encourage anyone to arrive before 4:30pm, when we will have an attendant in the lot to issue numbers. We have a system worked out that will allow multiple teams to load in a the same time to expedite the process. This will not work if you do not follow the rules. THIS IS A MUST!

Concessions and Food Options

Country’s is providing concessions in Lumpkin. Cafeteria is Open regular hours on Thursday and Friday. Subway and ChickfilA will be open from 11am- 2pm on Saturday.

There are several restaurant (fast food and sit down) options in Columbus.  For a complete listing, please visit the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau at:

No outside food or drink will be permitted in this venue.

Hotel Options

Special event rates have been negotiated for a number of hotels in the area.  The list is available on the Columbus Space Program Event page.

For a complete list of hotels participating in the FIRST Experient Hotel Program, please visit:

FIRST Experient

What to Bring to the Event

  1. Your robot.
  2. Your lock-up form (do not put this in the bag when you seal it during your extra 6 hours of work).
  3. Your team roster.
  4. Your Consent and Release form from GeorgiaFIRST unless this is your second event and you have already turned them ALL in.
  5. Items to set up your pit and support your robot during the competition.
  6. Safety glasses for everyone on your team.
  7. Shoes that are closed toed. No sandals allowed in the pits or near the field.  Make sure your visitors know this.
  8. Extention cords and power strips for your pit.
  9. Your team fact sheet to give to the Game Announcer.
  10. Your team spirit and gracious professionalism.


GeorgiaFIRST Consent and Release Form 2017 (this is turned in only once during the season)

Team Fact Sheet


Thank you to the Sponsors of this Event



Team List