The 2014 Sandhurst Competition is a two-day event scheduled from April 11-12. The best day for spectators to watch the competition at designated sites is Saturday, April 12. The Information Center opens at 6 a.m. at Eisenhower Hall Ballroom to receive a Spectator Handbook.
The Sandhurst Competition is structured differently each year and is developed to test a team’s ability to perform specified tasks that are both mentally and physically challenging. Each event offers the opportunity for each team to showcase their military skills and illustrate leadership.
Access: Proper identification for those 16 and older will be required upon entering academy grounds and all vehicles are subject to search. Vehicle access on April 11 is Thayer or Stony Gates; access on April 12 is Thayer Gate. Visitors must be in possession of their ID while on academy grounds.
Arrival: All guests/spectators should visit the Information Center, Eisenhower Hall Ballroom, 4th floor, beginning at 6 a.m. to obtain competition details and a Spectator Handbook, which will provide the designated locations you may observe the teams during the event. Spectators are not permitted to follow teams along the competition route.
Day 1 – April 11
Teams will depart from the vicinity of MacArthur Statue in a staggered start from 6-11 a.m. Spectator viewing on events taking place on the training area on Day 1 will require visitors to have undertaken a mandatory 10 minute safety brief at the Information Centre that will be available from 0600. Completion of that briefing will be indicated by a badge that must be worn on the outer layer of clothing in order to allow for movement onto the training area and the range. Transport will be required to visit different sites and information regarding parking and routes to be used are available at the Information Centre.
Day 2 – April 12
Teams will depart from the training area in a staggered start from 6:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m after which they will move into the USMA Cantonment Area. The competition activities will take place on the academy grounds in locations that are walking distance from Eisenhower Hall. Refer to the handbook obtained from Eisenhower Hall for spectator locations.
Access to Central Area
No unauthorized/civilian personnel will be permitted into the Cadet Central Area on either day.
Parking at West Point is limited. Parking alongside any highway is prohibited. The competition areas will be monitored for the safety of our competitors so please use caution while driving on the military installation and note the 25 mph speed limit, traffic signs and parking restrictions before departing your vehicle. Authorized parking areas include:
Along Thayer Road
Areas around Eisenhower Hall
Riverside Café, Eisenhower Hall, will be open from 11a.m.-4 p.m. Other locations within driving distance on the installation include Subway, Burger King and Taco Bell.
Eisenhower Hall has excellent accommodations and there will be portable facilities available at each of the event sites.