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

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.


Janice Martino Regional Director, FIRST®

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From the South:
Take I-87, the New York State Thruway, North to Exit 23. At Exit 23, get on I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the North:
Take I-87, the Adirondack Northway, South to Exit 7 East. Get on Route 7 headed Eastbound. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the East:
From I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of the New York Thruway), take Exit B1. Continue East (13.5 miles) to the exit for I-787. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the West:
Take I-90, the New York State Thruway, to Exit 24. From Exit 24, continue onto I-90 East.
Exit onto I-787 North. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow the directions to campus (below).

  • You will want to be in the right lane of Route 7 East.
  • Take the exit for Downtown Troy. You will be on 6th Avenue.
  • At the second traffic light, make a left turn onto Peoples Avenue.
  • Continue up the hill, passing through all intersections. The last cross street you will encounter is Burdett Street.
  • Cross over Burdett Street, continuing on Peoples Avenue.
  • You will see the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Field House in front of you. Pass that building on the
    right, continuing up the hill.
  • Continue past the athletic field on the left.
  • The ECAV facility will be on your left.