The University of Texas at Arlington and Dallas
March 4th at The University of Texas at Arlington and co-hosted by The University of Texas at Dallas
Friday evening reception address:
Join us for an informal gathering at the Firehouse Gastropub in Grand Prairie (https://firehousegp.com/; 321 Main St., Grand Prairie, TX) to meet your team members, competition staff, and fellow competitors. from 5:30-7:30 PM. This is about 7 miles from campus (13 minutes). Trivia contest with winning team members each receiving a $25 Amazon gift card!
Saturday competition address:
College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs, 2nd floor Geisel Auditorium, UTA
We have secured a special rate at the Hilton Arlington (2401 E. Lamar Blvd, 817 640 4718) at $134 double or king good through 2/17. Call and ask for the “UTA Simulation Competition Rate via CAPPA.” Rate is valid for both the Friday and Saturday nights. Otherwise, there are plenty of moderately priced hotel options near UTA. Some suggestions include (with pricing per night as of 2/12): Comfort Suites ($117, 2 miles), LaQuinta ($94, 3.5 miles); Howard
Johnson ($71, 3 miles); Holiday Inn Express ($134, 3.7 miles). We suggest checking the usual travel sites (e.g., Expedia) and Hotwire for the best discounts.
Note that the booking deadline is 2/14 at the listed rate.
UTA is roughly halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is 14 miles north and Dallas Love Field (DAL) is 24 miles northeast of UTA. The drive between UTA and DFW is much faster and easier. Unfortunately, there are no mass transit options into Arlington from either airport. There are ample car rentals available at the airport and we suggest Hotwire for the best rates.
UTA is not providing shuttle service to campus and we suggest using “Via,” the City of Arlington’s great on-demand ride service (https://city.ridewithvia.com/arlington) via their app that is $3-6 a ride and have wheelchair accessible vehicles. Otherwise, we suggest using Lyft, Uber, etc. or arrange with a fellow competitor. We expect many students will drive-in from nearby schools (e.g., UNT, UTD, TAMU, UT- Austin, UTSA, etc.).
Competition Day – Parking:
If you plan to park at UTA, please email Darsa Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 20th with your name, email, and phone number to arrange a day parking pass. Parking will be within 100 yards of the event and accessible parking is also available. Further parking details will be provided.
Ismail Ahmed - University of Texas at Arlington
Joshua Blubaugh - University of Texas at Dallas
David Burns - Louisiana State University
Victoria Kiker - University of Texas at Arlington
Amelia Loken - UA Little Rock
A very big thank you to all of our volunteer judges. Without them, the simulation competition would not be possible.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Guidelines
The health and safety of all participants are a top priority. Vaccinations, boosters, and masks are not required for competition attendance, however, they are highly recommended.
To protect not only the NASPAA community but the ones in which we live, let's work together to minimize the spread. Throughout the competition, please follow these safety tips:
- Before leaving home:
- Take a COVID test.
- Consider getting vaccinated and boosted.
- If you are not feeling well and are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, consider staying home.
- Pack clean masks to wear indoors and during travel to the competition site.
- While traveling:
- Wear a mask in airports and while on public transportation.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- During the competition:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Wear well-fitted face masks
- When possible during after-hour events, sit outside and/or practice social distancing.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (runny nose, body aches, loss of smell/taste, cough, chills, fever, etc) during your time at the competition, please isolate yourself and notify your site leaders.