VEX Worlds 2020 — Plan Your Visit

The VEX Robotics World Championship will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, starting with the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U portion of the event from April 22-25, followed by the VEX IQ Challenge portion held April 26-28.

Visit the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship event pages for each division to get up to date on all the information needed to prepare for the event.

Hotel and Travel

Event Description

The The VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, brings together top robotics teams in the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U under one roof to celebrate their accomplishments and participate with the best teams from around the world.

Event Agenda

Click here for the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship Agenda. Please note that since this agenda is tentative, times may vary from 15-30 minutes.

VEX Worlds Game Manual Update

Be sure to download and read the scheduled April 5, 2019, Game Manual updates that include important rule clarifications.

Mobile App

To install the VEX Worlds 2019 mobile application for iOS or Android download the following instructions.

Click here for the app QR code.

Wait List

Space at World Championship will be in high demand and we don’t anticipate many (if any) spots opening up for teams on the wait list. Click the “Wait List” tab to place your team on the wait list. If spots open up, teams on the wait list will be notified and instructed to register.

Team FAQ

Please download and review the VEX Worlds Team FAQ for commonly asked questions and more information.

Robot Shipping Option

Information about shipping your robot, tools, and supplies through Fern Exposition can be found in the following Competitor Kits:

If you have any questions about robot shipping information, please contact Fern directly at (502) 367-0254.

REC Foundation Store

Check back soon for the REC Foundation store’s hours of operation.


Online apparel from Fine Designs for the VEX Robotics World Championship is now available!

Team Email Blast Archive

Please follow this link that will direct you to the team email blast archive on

Policy for use of Mobility Devices

Please review the policy for use of mobility devices at VEX Worlds.

Service Animal Policy

Please review the Service Animal Policy.

Spectator Information

The VEX Robotics World Championship is free and open to the public. This lively and engaging event is suitable for the entire family. Spectators are welcome to attend the ceremonies, watch matches, and visit with teams in the pit area. Click here for parking information.

Emergency/Bad Weather

Teams will be notified, via email, if any event occurs that would jeopardize VEX Worlds.

Team Email Blast Archive

Please follow this link that will direct you to the team email blast archive on

Refund Policy

VEX Robotics World Championship registration cancellations must be received by March 11, 2019, in order to receive a full refund. All cancellations must be emailed to with the team number and the contact information for the team. Teams that cancel on March 12, 2019, or after will not receive a refund for their registration fee.


Visit during the event to build your own custom webcast and live results screen!

VIQC Awards

Information regarding awards will be available after the event.

VRC Awards

Information regarding awards will be available after the event.


Information regarding the VEX Robotics World Championship will become available after the event.


Check back soon for hours concession areas and food trucks will be open during VEX Worlds.

Media & Press

For information about the REC Foundation or help with media queries, please contact or visit our media page.

Hotel and Travel

Check back soon to learn everything you need to know about planning your trip from our official travel partner.


Click here for team airline, charter bus, or rental vehicle options and reservations to get to and from your destinations while in Louisville.

Airport Transfers

Teams are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel between the Louisville Airport (SDF) and their hotel.

Information about Louisville ground transportation services can be found on the airport’s website.

Shuttle Schedule

A free shuttle bus loop will run between the Kentucky Exposition Center and many area hotels during VEX Worlds. Click here for details.

Medical Scooters

Gould’s Discount Medical Scooters will be available for rent at VEX Worlds. Call Evelyn at (502) 491-2000 extension 4330 to make a reservation. Click here for more information.

Team Party

VEX Worlds will once again conclude with a Team Party at Kentucky Kingdom amusement park. $30 Early bird pricing will be valid through Sunday, March 24. Tickets purchased after will cost the regular price of $45.

Team FAQ

Please download and review the VEX Worlds Team FAQ for commonly asked questions and more information.

Learn More About Louisville

To learn more about our exciting host city, please visit our Louisville VEX Robotics World Championship microsite.

Visa and Invitation Letter Requests

The REC Foundation is happy to provide visa and invitation letters to teams. In order to process visa and invitation letters, please have the team’s primary contact fill out this form.

Please have the following information available:

  • Team info such as number, school/organization, and contact details
  • Names, birth dates, and passport country/number for every team member (including adults traveling as mentors or chaperones)

Visa and invitation letters submitted after January 31, 2019, will be processed as soon as possible, but may take up to three weeks.

Please Note: The REC Foundation will not produce a separate letter for each team member. Instead, the foundation will produce a letter for the entire team and attach the list of team members and mentors.

Driving at VEX Worlds

Click here for driving instructions to the Kentucky Expo Center.

Parking at VEX Worlds

Check back soon for more information about parking at VEX Worlds. 

KEC Parking Pass Fee Breakdown


To purchase online, use the following links:

If you purchase at the gate, the following prices apply:

  • Single Day, Single Use Pass: $10
  • VRC/VEX U 3-Day, In / Out Pass: $45
  • VEX IQ Challenge 2-Day, In/Out Pass: $30
  • VEX Full Event, In/Out Pass: $75

Important things to know regarding Parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center:

  • A Single Day, Single Use parking pass is good for any one day, for one-time parking. If you leave and come back to KEC on the same day, you will have to pay the “at the Gate” $10 parking fee.
  • An “In/Out parking pass” allows you to come and go as often as you need to each day, with no additional charges.
  • There are no fees when purchasing parking passes online. For example, the $8.00 Single Day, Single Use pass will only cost $8.00 and nothing more.
  • When purchasing parking passes online, you MUST print your parking pass before coming to the Kentucky Exposition Center. We cannot accept the receipt on your mobile phone as proof of purchase.
  • You may only purchase a Single Day, Single Use pass at the KEC Gates. Multi-Day passes are not available for sale at the KEC Gates, but are available at designated areas inside KEC.
  • You are able to upgrade a Single Day, Single Use parking pass at one of the designated upgrade stations located at KEC. All upgrade costs will be based on the “At the Gate” pricing and not the online pricing.
  • Online parking passes will remain available for sale throughout the VEX Worlds event
  • All parking pass sales are final and no refunds will be given for any reason.

Parking passes may also be purchased at the ticket booth immediately inside the glass doors of the Workman Lobby. If a team has more than one vehicle, additional vehicles will need to pay for parking. Click here for a map and additional information regarding private charter parking.

Note: Parking is free on Wednesday, April 24, and Sunday, April 28.

Louisville Bats

PLAY BALL! If you’re searching for a safe and enjoyable place to entertain your students while in Louisville, look no further than a Louisville Bats baseball game. With a ballpark honored by national publications as one of the nation’s best, the setting is perfect for hosting student groups and it’s located less than a mile from most downtown hotels.

for VEX Worlds


Special thanks to our Global Sponsors Autodesk, Dell, Google, HEXBUG, IFI, NASA, Rack Solutions, Robomatter, Tesla, Texas Instruments, Toyota, TVA, and VEX Robotics.

VEX Worlds

We also would like to thank our VEX Robotics World Championship sponsors: Mathworks, Microchip, UPS, Nordson, Nissan, Robot Mesh, and Tata. The commitment and support of these partners ensure a great experience for everyone attending the event.

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram