When do we Check-in?
What time can the team arrive?
What does my team need to bring?
How do spectators find our team?
Where do we find a map?
Where do we find the schedule?
Where do we find my challenge site?
Where do we unload the props?
Where do we park?
Does our team need our tournament data forms?
What can our team do all day?
Where can our team find food?
What if my team has a question about scoring?
What are the Award Ceremony Plans?
What if our team advances to Global Finals?
What does our team do with our props?
What should we do prior to the tournament?

When do we Check-in?

All teams MUST check in and register in 3 different locations:

You check in at your Central Challenge Site 20 minutes before your competition time. (Structure check in 1 hour before your performance time)

Instant Challenge 20 minutes before your competition times. You need to arrive at the Plaza building and check in for the IC 20 minutes before your IC time. 300 teams are going through this building. There will be a check in line. Avoid arriving too early to minimize crowding. Exactly 20 minutes before your time is ideal. You will be waiting outside, so please dress appropriately. Go to the Activity areas Activities or watch an other team perform Schedule if you are looking for things to do.

Tivoli Turnhalle: Team Registration. This is the ONLY place to get tickets to the Award Ceremony. You can pick up your pre-paid T-shirts and Pins here as well. It is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. You do not need to arrive here prior to competing. For more about the Award Ceremony, Awards Ceremony

When can my team arrive?

The buildings of the Auraria Campus will be opened at 6:00 am. Tournament officials are also arriving at 6:00 am to set up, so you may not be able to get into your site, but there is plenty of spaces to place your props in the hallway. Please be patient if your door hasn’t opened exactly at 6:00 am. You need to check in at your challenge site 20 minutes prior to competition. This means that your team is ready to meet with the prep appraiser 20 minutes before your competition time. All props/costumes etc. should be ready.

What do we bring?

  • Your tournament schedule
  • Completed tournament forms – Declaration of Independence (2 copies), Expense Report form, Tournament Data Forms (5 copies), and any team specific Team Clarifications
  • Cameras – remember that some teams may not allow pictures or video-taping
  • Extra extension cords or power strips if your team needs them
  • Repair kit
  • Small First Aid kit

How do spectators find our team?

Ensure that your team parents and other spectators have the following information:
  • Team name
  • School name
  • Challenge name and level
  • Challenge location
  • Parking information
  • Performance time

Where do we find a map?

There are site maps, campus maps, and loading/unloading maps.

Where do we find a Schedule?

The official Schedule is posted. Please verify your performance times. Tournament sites may run late, but they will not start early to ensure that audience members can get to the team’s performance.Schedule

Where do we find my challenge site?

Challenge Site Maps can be found on the Maps page. Maps

Where do we unload the props?


There are loading zones near most sites. These are small and not intended for multiple cars. Please cooperate with other teams and move your items quickly into the hall and move your vehicle.

P/E Gym. Enter campus just west of Speer on Auraria. Go past the entrance to lot R and take a right in the bus turnaround.  The loading dock is located in between North Classroom and the PE/Event Center.

Tivoli: Enter the campus at 7th and Walnut.  Take a right at the Stop sign.  Turn left in front of the King Center (there is a sign which specifies between vehicle route and foot traffic).  That lane becomes the loading zone for the Tivoli. This is the Drop-off/Pick-up point for the Tivoli.  If you have to park and unload park on the west side of the lane, NOT along the Red Curb (Fire lane).

Arts: Enter the campus at 7th Street either from Colfax or from Auraria Parkway.  If you are coming from Colfax, turn right at Curtis St. (If you are coming from Auraria Parkway, this is a left hand turn) This will end in a cul-de-sac.  in front of the Arts Building. Take the elevators to the second floor.

Plaza: Enter the campus on 7th (Either from Walnut or Colfax) Use the Lawrence Way turnaround.

Where do we park?

You can park in any of the marked lots. As you can see by the attached map, parking further away is less expensive.  Most of the Campus lots will be available for you to park in.  There is NO free parking.



Free School Bus Parking is available at the Pepsi Center. Large vehicles may have to pay for 2 spaces. There is no in and out parking. You must pay every time you leave a lot.

Light Rail is also a wonderful resource for your specators. Both the Green Line and the Yellow Line stop at the West side of the campus.

Does my team need our Tournament Data Forms?

Yes, Please bring in your 5 copies of the Tournament Data Form, 2 Copies of the Declaration of Independence and 2 copies of your expense form. They may be the same as your district forms, or you may alter them to reflect any changes your team may have made. Read your challenge to determine all paperwork required.

Tournament Data Forms can be found here.

What can our team do all day?

There is an Expo in the Turnhalle in the Tivoli. There are many activities for your team. There are also many activities in the wristband activity area. Wristbands are pre-sold at $10. You should also take your team around to see other challenges. Teams learn a lot by watching others compete. Also, in the Tivoli center is a food court, food trucks and a bookshop. Finally, you are in walking distance from the shops on Larimer Street. Just cross Speer (carefully, of course) and you’ll find loads to see!

Where does our team find food?

There is a food court in the Tivoli Building. They have been notified that a large group is on the way. It will be crowded. There will be 2 food trucks exclusively for DI teams outside the Tivoli and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream outside of the Instant Challenge area. There is plenty of room outside for picnics, and you can bring a lunch. If you have the time, there are plenty of restaurants in the LoDo area. Also across Colfax, there are a few fast food restaurants.

What if we have a question about scoring?

Bring your Destination Imagination spirit and positive attitude Please remember that all of the people working at our tournament are volunteering their time to support your team.

If your team has a question about scoring or tournament procedures, ask to speak with the Head Appraiser.

If you feel that your issue has not been resolved to your satisfaction, team managers and/or team members can request a DIalogue with the Affiliate Challenge Master, the Tournament Director and other tournament officials. Team Parents are not included in this process.

What are the Award Ceremony plans?

Remember, our Awards Ceremony is a ticketed event. We must keep our numbers to 3,000 attendees. Please go to our Awards Ceremony page to check out details. Our Awards Ceremony begins at 7:30 pm at the P/E gym. But the dancing and fun begins at 6:30 pm, grab yourself a spot and start dancing. This is a ticketed event. Award Ceremony

What if our team advances to Global Finals?

Teams advancing on will receive a packet with everything they need to know. There will be a SHORT meeting after awards to go over quick details. BUT, the next day at 9:00 am there is a MANDATORY meeting for at least one adult representative from your team. This will be held at The Embassy Suites the cost is $20.00. (Breakfast included) We realize this is early but it is the one time that team managers from all over the state will be nearby. All qualifying teams must declare their intention to go to Global Finals no later than Close of Business, Monday, April 11th, 2016.

What does our team do with our props?

Take your props home. Campus dumpsters are not available for our props. Do not destroy your props until you hear the tournament results. If you place in the top six teams, please save your props for a week, in case some teams are not able to attend the Global Finals tournament. You could be invited to attend in their place.

What should we do prior to the Tournament?

  1. Have a brief team/parent meeting to discuss competition logistics such as:
    • Travel plans, if you are coming from outside the Denver Metro area
    • Transporting props to the tournament
    • Location and possible times of Team Challenges and Instant Challenge competitions
    • T-shirt and pin purchases
    • Meal plans for the day
    • Where and when the team should meet on competition day
    • Unloading/parking/loading plans
    • Behavioral expectations of Team Members, Team Managers, and parents
    • Back up plans if you get separated or if the competition runs late
    • The Awards Ceremony
    • Emergency Contact Information
  2. Talk with your parents, school, and school district about the possibilities of placing at the Affiliate Championship Tournament and earning an invitation to Global Finals. Discuss how your team might arrange quick financing to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 23-28, 2016.  Your cost per team member, Team Manager, and chaperones will be approximately $1,200 each for a Tuesday to Saturday stay and transportation. This year Colorado has been invited to send 60 teams to Global Finals including, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams from each Team Challenge/level to Global Finals!
  3. Check our website regularly for updates
    • Tournament Times will be posted online only; you will not receive a mail or email notification. Please remember that we schedule all regions evenly. Each region will have teams starting first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon.
    • Many presentation locations have changed from previous years. Campus maps will be posted on our website and available at tournament check-in. Please locate your Challenge, prop drop-off areas, and the closest parking prior to coming to tournament.
  4. Make reservations for overnight accommodations, if needed. The Embassy Suites – Denver South is our only hotel sponsor this year. See the Hotel Information sheet for more information.
  5. Order Tournament T-shirts, Pins and Wristbands! We are offering 3 different sets of 4 pins this year. You can view the pins and t-shirts at our
  6. Plan to attend the KICK-OFF Party! The room and food has been generously donated by The Embassy Suites – Denver South. This event currently has a wait list.
    • Friday night, April 8, 2016
    • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    • Games, Music, and Instant Challenge practice