Dear FIRST® Robotics Competition Teams,

I am writing to share the hugely disappointing news that, as a result of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and at the direction of our host, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the New York Tech Valley Regional on March 11-14 has been postponed out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of our community in mind. The new dates for the New York Tech Valley Regional have not yet been set.

We recognize that teams have put an enormous amount of work into preparing for this event and we regret having to share such disappointing news. FIRST® team support can help your team identify alternative events and can be reached at customerservice@firstinspires.org.

As Regional Director, this is difficult news for me to share. I was looking forward to seeing you all, watching you compete and hearing your stories of challenges and success. I know that you are frustrated. I know that you have questions. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are all doing our best to make decisions that are in everyone’s best interest both on and off the field of play. I promise that I will share information with you as it is shared with me.

Keep building. Keep learning. Keep meeting. Keep inspiring.

Best,

Janice Martino Regional Director, FIRST®

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Please use this link to make reservations: Hotel Reservations

These two hotels have special rates and promotions for teams attending the event. Other options are also available at the Hotel Reservations link above.


Courtyard by Marriott Albany Troy / Waterfront

515 River St.
Troy, NY 12180

Rates from $132.00

Check in 3pm Check out noon
Complimentary wireless internet and parking
Bus parking is available

Walking distance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and woven into the fabric of one of the nation's most historic and beautiful Troy downtown, Courtyard Albany Troy/Waterfront sits along a half-mile stretch of the Hudson River. The Waterfront, a highly-anticipated redeveloped area, is nestled within a mix of projects that will offer prime office space, retail, entertainment, residential units, and parking. This new state-of-the-art Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, your destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and dinner during the evening. You'll also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax.


Hilton Garden Inn Troy

235 Hoosick St.
Troy, NY 12180

Rates from $139.00

Check in 3pm Check out noon
Complimentary wireless internet, parking, and discounted breakfast for up to 4 people per room
Bus parking is available

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is under five minutes' drive from our hotel. It's a quick trip to downtown Troy and I-787. Take our free shuttle to Albany International Airport or the Rensselaer Amtrak Station, both within 10 miles.

Grab a bite at both of our restaurants, Recovery Sports Grill and Garden Grille & Bar. Enjoy our indoor pool and free WiFi.