Spectators

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Fairplex - Pomona, CA
June 5-6, 8AM - 6PM
Opening Ceremony: Friday, June 5th, 7:00am in the Grandstands
Closing Ceremony: Saturday, June 6th, 7:00pm in the Grandstands

1101 W. McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals Event, June 5-6, 2015, will be held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP or tickets required. The spectator entrance is located thru Gate 17 at Fairplex. Parking is $10 per vehicle. All spectators will be subject to a bag inspection at Yellow Gate. Gate 17 opens at 6 AM and closes at 8 PM daily.

Spectator Schedule

Friday, June 5th, 2015
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM Opening Ceremony, Grandstands, Fairplex
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM DRC Finals Competition (first run starts 8 AM)
Each team has one hour to complete its run. Runs will begin at 8:00 AM with a new run starting every ninety minutes. Last run begins at 5:00 PM.
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM DRC Expo Open
The DRC Expo will include hands-on demonstrations and exhibits of relevant technologies in both emergency response and in advanced robotics technologies.
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM National Geographic’s ROBOTS Movie, Avalon
Complimentary tickets provided on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Lockheed Martin tent in the Expo Area.
Saturday, June 6th, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM DRC Finals Competition (first run starts 8 AM)
Each team has one hour to complete its run. Runs will begin at 8:00 AM with a new run starting every ninety minutes. Last run begins at 5:00 PM.
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM DRC Expo Open
The DRC Expo will include hands-on demonstrations and exhibits of relevant technologies in both emergency response and in advanced robotics technologies.
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM National Geographic’s ROBOTS Movie, Avalon
Complimentary tickets provided on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Lockheed Martin tent in the Expo Area.
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Prize Presentation, Grandstands, Fairplex

The DARPA Robotics Challenge

The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. It was designed to be extremely difficult. Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating and innovating on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.

Spectator FAQs

Logistical Questions

Are there certain hotels where I should stay?

For any group or organization that is planning to attend the DRC Finals, please contact:

Mr. Fred Kokash
Phone Number: 909-868-5954
Email: fred.kokash@sheraton.com

Mr. Kokash can provide assistance in finding the ideal hotel in the area for your group’s needs and budget. Greater Ontario sits in the heart of Southern California, conveniently accessible via the Ontario International Airport or a 45 minute drive from the Los Angeles World Airports. Most of the hotel options in Ontario are just 12–15 minutes from Fairplex, California where the DRC Finals will take place.

If we have a school group interested in attending the Finals, are there any special times/dates that we can arrange for a visit?

We encourage students, teachers and parents to attend the event. The event is free and open to spectators of all ages. Additional details about the schedule and related Exposition area will be forthcoming.

What is the Accessibility Policy of the Fairplex during the DARPA Robotics challenge?

Fairplex and DARPA are committed to making the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, services and facilities, and information and communications technology accessible to everyone, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d). The Fairplex will have complete and convenient access for all our guests with disabilities. The grandstands, elevators and parking areas are designed to comfortably accommodate guests in wheelchairs and other disabilities. Please proceed to the information booth in the Expo area or the Registration Office located outside of Club One in the Grandstands for assistance.

A complete overview of the policy can be found here.

What is the address of Fairplex, California?

1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768

What is the closest airport for the Finals event?

There are four airports close to the Pomona/Ontario areas to choose from:

  • Ontario International Airport (ONT) – approximately 12 miles to the Fairplex
  • John Wayne Airport (JWA) – approximately 34 miles to the Fairplex
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB) – approximately 36 miles to the Fairplex
  • Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) – approximately 45 miles to the Fairplex

 

Will the DARPA Robotic Challenge Finals be open to the public?

Yes, the event is open to the public. Hours and schedule details will be updated closer to the event.

Will there be a cost to attend the event?

Entrance to the event is free but the Fairplex will be charging $10 (USD) per day for parking.

Will there be food onsite?

Yes. Concessions will be available onsite to purchase.

General Questions

Can I attend the opening and closing ceremonies?

Yes. Spectators are welcome to attend both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Opening Ceremony: Friday, June 5th, 7:00am
Closing Ceremony: Saturday, June 6th, 7:00pm

How many teams will DARPA qualify to participate in the Finals?

DARPA has qualified 25 teams to participate in the Finals. Read more HERE.

Is it too late to participate with a robot at the event?

Yes, it is too late to enter a robot in the event. 25 teams from around the world have already been selected to participate. Click here to read the announcement.

When will a schedule of the time teams will be competing during the Finals be available?

We expect each team will attempt the course two times, once per day, during the Finals event, June 5-6. A more detailed schedule will be posted on the website and available on the mobile app closer to the event.

Will there be a DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2016?

DARPA holds demonstration events to prove the possible. There was never a plan for Darpa to continue the robotics challenge beyond the Finals event that occurred in June 2015. There are a number of international activities that will continue the effort.

Will there be live streaming of the Finals event?

As with the 2013 Trials, DARPA is planning to provide as much live streaming of the event as is possible. Please visit this site for updates and more information.

Will there be opportunities to volunteer at the DRC Finals?

No. The DRC Finals event is fully staffed through Government sourced individuals.

Will there be other activities beyond the DARPA robotics demonstration?

Yes. There will be an exposition area featuring 70 interactive displays where students and future scientists can meet technology developers and emergency responders, and try their hand at controlling robots and other gadgets. More details about the exhibitor will be coming in May.

Notice: At the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, equipment will be used to photograph, record video and sound, and film footage in connection with the production of documentary content by third-party producer(s).  In addition to this notice, conspicuous notice of photography, video recording, and filming will be provided at the event.  Your presence at the event is an acknowledgment that you have been informed that you may be photographed, video recorded, and filmed; and, that you grant permission for your likeness and voice to be used without compensation, credit, or other consideration in any media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity and throughout the universe, to include the advertising and publicity thereof.  If you do not wish to be subject to the foregoing, please do not attend the event.