FIRST Robotics Competition 
Buckeye Regional

March 29, 2023 - April 1, 2023

Wolstein Center

2000 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

2023 Buckeye Regional Results

(Coming Soon)

Game and Season Information

Supplemental Funding Opportunity

NASA Glenn Research Center invites registered FIRST Robotics Teams from Ohio to apply for supplemental funding to support their participation in the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Ohio FIRST Robotics Teams may apply to receive up to $3,000.00 to support travel costs to participate in the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Funds may also be used to purchase materials and/or equipment needed to build their Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition robot. Funding will be competitively awarded based on financial need. Preference will be given to rookie teams and new veteran teams (i.e., Teams whose rookie season was in 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022).




Key Dates


Supplemental Funding Application

Click here to access the Ohio FIRST Robotics Teams Supplemental Funding application



Please remember your Gracious Professionalism and be courteous to others who are trying to load-in or out. We will be using the same load in procedure as in 2022, down the loading ramp.


Teams are encouraged to use the Wednesday Evening load-in times, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We ARE allowing Wednesday evening setup, but the pits will close promptly at 8:00 pm Wed. If you cannot make this time you may load in and set up (with only 5 people, one of these must be an adult) on Thursday morning 7:45 - 8:30 am. 


Team Trailer/Truck parking this year. Trailer parking will be located in the ODOT lot.



NOTE: Critical to the process are consolidated packing of pit materials, prompt unloading and loading, abiding by the process, and being graciously professional to fellow teams.

Parking for all other vehicles

Parking around the Wolstein center is always difficult.  Please carpool when possible.  There are a number of parking garages surrounding the venue - but they often are full by Saturday afternoon.  

Team Meals

While there are several restaurants within walking distance of the Wolstein Center, it is important to note that NO outside food or drink is allowed in the venue.  Drinks are available at the concession stand and water fountains are available by the bathrooms for refilling water bottles.

For your convenience, Box Lunches are available through the venue's on-site caterer. To order meals for a team, download and complete the order form below. Then, email the completed form to to Salerno-McKynzie@aramark.com. Teams who have ordered box lunches through the on-site caterer may pick them up at the Backstage Café area on the Concourse at 11:00am on Thursday and at Noon on Friday and Saturday. 

(Please note: A separate order form must be completed for each day. Also, all orders must be completed and received by our on-site caterer by 5:00PM on Friday, March 24 , 2023).     

Robotics Boxed Lunch Order Form Buckeye 2023.docx


The 20th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional will be held March 29 - April 1 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center located at 2000 Prospect Ave.

Practice matches will be held on Thursday, March 30 from noon to 6:30 p.m. Competition days are Friday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Admission is free and open to the public.

Competition Schedule

Buckeye Regional Public Agenda SHOWREADY.docx

Volunteers Needed

Every year, the Buckeye Regional requires more than 200 volunteers to make the competition run smoothly. We greatly appreciate the time and commitment of all of our dedicated volunteers to support the young people aspiring to become future innovators. Consider becoming a volunteer for the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Read the Volunteer overview (pdf) to learn more about volunteering and read the VolunteerTask Descriptions to learn about the many types of fun jobs we have available.

When ready to sign up …

Create or edit your volunteer registration, by going to the FIRST’s Volunteer Information & Matching System

For questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator (Email), Jon Potter.

Team Information

COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy

subject to change 

Updated 1-20-23

FIRST is closely monitoring news and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, local health agencies, as well as state and federal laws and regulations. The following precautionary measures are currently in place for the event based on these and Cleveland State University protocols. These measures may be updated as new information becomes available.

Attendees refers to all team participants, volunteers, public, and staff.

Any person entering this event is required to abide by this COVID-19 health and safety policy and the FIRST Code of Conduct. Non-compliance may result in removal from this event and being barred from future participation in FIRST activities.

Emergency Instructions

In the case of an emergency, please exit calmly using the following evacuation plan: Evacuation Plan_Wolstein Center.  Do not use elevators in case of fire or other electrical emergencies.  Use marked exits.

Pit Map

Places of Interest in Cleveland

Team Extra Activities

There are a variety of attractions and activities in Cleveland.  Below are a few options that are available; information is subject to change.  Please check with the attraction for COVID protocol.  We hope that your visit to Cleveland is enjoyable both on and off the robot field.

1. Great Lakes Science Center


Address: 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Phone: 216-694-2000 or 216-696-4941

Hours Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 5:00 pm

Group Discounts at http://www.greatscience.com/groups/group-rates.aspx

Food: Available

2. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: (Located on Lakeside)


Address: 1110 E.9th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Phone: 216-781-7625 or 888-764-7625

Hours Open: Open every day 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Extended hours Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

3. Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Located in University Circle)


Address: 1 Wade Oval Dr., Cleveland, Ohio

Phone: 216-231-4600

Hours Open: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Advance ticket purchase required

4. Cleveland Museum of Art: FREE (Located in University Circle, near CASE, Cleveland Institute of ART, Cleveland Institute of Music, Severance Hall)


Address:11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Phone: 216-421-7350

Hours Open: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

FREE, No Entrance Fee

Food: Available, CAFÉ

5. Movies & Theater

a. Tower City Cinemas (Located Downtown, Tower City, on the Square). 

For more information and show times go to: www.clevelandcinemas.com.

b. Playhouse Square: there are theater performances, 1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44115, call 216-771-4444

For more information go to: https://www.playhousesquare.org/

c. Cinematheque: Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio

Phone: 216-421-7450

General Admission: $10 - $13 to each film, Age 25 & under: $7-$10

For more information go to: www.cia.edu/Cinematheque.

6. Places to eat: http://www.cityvisitor.com/cleveland

a. University Circle: http://www.universitycircle.org

b. Euclid Corridor & Cleveland State Area: Google “Cleveland State Restaurants"

c. Downtown Cleveland: Google “Downtown Cleveland Restaurants"

d. Flats on the River (West & East Banks): Google “Cleveland Flats Restaurants”

e. At all museums


The Buckeye Regional Planning Committee would like extend our sincerest gratitude to our partners and sponsors. Without their generous contributions, the competition would not be possible.




Parker Hannifin

United States Air Force

Rockwell Automation

Media Information

Buckeye Regional Webcast

The Buckeye Regional webcast enables anyone around the world with a computer and internet connection to watch our regional competition. The webcast is also a great way for parents of participating students to follow their son or daughter’s robotics team throughout the competition.

The Buckeye Regional Webcast will be live streamed on Twitch TV  (Link Coming Soon).

Media Advisory

Coming soon

Build Season - Helpful Resources


Kickoff - January 7, 2023

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Kickoff is the official start of the FRC season and where the 2023 “Game” scenario is revealed to the public during a “live stream” webcast.  The 2023 Buckeye Regional Kickoff Watch Party will take place on January 7th, 2023 at the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Our local watch party features light refreshments, exciting guest speakers, FIRST® Trivia, prizes, and more! The highlight of the event is the live stream webcast from FIRST® Headquarters in New Hampshire! Following the webcast, participating teams can pick up their “Kit of Parts,” which will be used to build their competition robot.

For questions, special accommodations, or more information about the Buckeye Regional kickoff watch party, please contact the Kickoff Coordinator, JonDarr Bradshaw, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Great Lakes Science Center. 

Kickoff Parking Guidance

For FRC Teams attending the Buckeye Regional Kickoff Watch Party, on-site covered parking is available for cars and vans via our attached parking structure. Parking Validation will be provided for FRC attendees. There is also a $2.00 discount on general admission for all FRC Team members who wish to stay after the webcast to tour the Great Lakes Science Center.

Teams picking up Kits of Parts should come prepared with a hand truck to transport the heavy kits to their vehicles. 

2023 Kickoff Event Schedule

Coming Soon

Kickoff - Helpful Resources

Select a Year below to view a photo gallery.

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us, ask a question, leave feedback or offer suggestions for improvement or new things you'd like to see, please email us at FRCBuckeyeCoordinator@gmail.com.

Diane Sadowski and Pete Buca, Buckeye Regional Chairs



Nancy Richards, FIRST Regional Director, Ohio


JonDarr Bradshaw, Buckeye Regional Kickoff Coordinator, Media Announcer


Jon Potter, Buckeye Regional Volunteer Coordinator



Catherine Graves, Ph.D. and Jeresha Nixon, NASA Glenn Research Center, Ohio NASA Glenn Grants


, Buckeye Regional Website Development


Andrew Yantes, FIRST Senior Mentor, Ohio

Please Note: No outside food or drink is allowed in the venue. Drinks are available at the concession stand. Water fountains are available by the bathrooms for refilling water bottles.

Teams may pre-order lunch via the Boxed Lunch Order Form (Link Coming Soon, download to fill out).  Orders must be submitted no later than (Date Coming Soon).

Buckeye Regional Teams