Drivers of load-in vehicle(s) must stay with their vehicle(s) when they are being unloaded and move them from the drop off point as soon as they have been unloaded. Teams cannot leave their vehicle(s) in the load in area while they are setting up their pits.
Buses can load in at the back entrance, however, no more than 5 members per team for load in can be dropped off here. All other team members on buses should be dropped off/picked up at the South Pearl Street Entrance (this entrance will not be open on Sunday). Please note, there are no sidewalks from the load-in entrance to the front of the building.
We have 2 options plus you may be able to park trailers at your hotel.
One of the options is off site in the Rensselaer Technology Park, 350 Jordan Rd, Troy, NY 12180. The lot is behind building 350. This is 6 miles, about 12 minutes, away from the MVP Arena. Teams have 24 hour access. No shuttle service is provided. This is easy to find using any of the mapping apps. Using this lot is free which helps control event costs.
The other option is that trailers are allowed in the bus lot located at 32 Grand Street, Albany, NY, 12207 The information and a map are on the website for load-in information. https://techvalleyfirst.org/index.php?page=load-in The event will pay for your parking in this lot but the fees are high.
Safety glasses and masks are required for loading in to the pit. Please bring them with you for all team members.
Following are street view images of the ramp for load-in, as it is not necessarily intuitive to find. You will see that there are signs that say, "Do not enter, authorized vehicles only," but they do not apply to FIRST teams during load-in/out. The ramp for the load-in entrance veers off before both the Empire Plaza and Eagle Street exits. If you drive through the tunnel past "The Egg" you have gone too far.