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Star Wars: Destiny U.S. Regional Attendance Report – Overall Numbers and a Comparison of the Past Two Seasons

Written by Bill Yankosky (aka Yodaman)

After 38 events over nearly 3 months, the 2018-19 U.S. Regional season for Star Wars: Destiny is now over.  In addition to gathering information about the decks which have made the top cuts, I Rebel has also kept track of attendance at Regionals over the past two years.  We’ll explore the 2017-18 vs. the 2018-19 attendance at U.S. Regionals in different ways in this article.

Attendance at 2018-19 U.S. Regionals

The following chart lists all 38 U.S. Regionals during the 2018-19 season and the attendance at each in order.

State City/Town

2018-19 Attendance

New Jersey Boonton

78

Minnesota Roseville

77

Oregon Portland

70

Maryland Glen Burnie

69

Wisconsin Greenfield

66

Connecticut Newington

65

Illinois Niles

64

Texas Dallas

64

Virginia Ashburn

64

California San Diego

60

Alabama Birmingham

58

Kentucky Louisville

57

Michigan Warren

56

Washington Lacey

56

Oklahoma Tulsa

53

Texas Austin

50

North Carolina Raleigh

49

California Mountain View

48

Indiana Muncie

48

New Hampshire Derry

48

Ohio Springfield

47

North Dakota Fargo

45

California Fresno

43

Colorado Denver

43

Kansas Mission

40

New York New York

39

Wisconsin Green Bay

36

Utah Draper

34

Florida Miami

33

Nevada Las Vegas

26

Georgia Marietta

22

Louisiana Covington

21

Arizona Prescott

20

Nebraska Bellevue

20

Idaho Meridian

16

Maine Standish

15

New Mexico Albuquerque

10

Hawaii Honolulu

9

Overall U.S. Attendance Numbers: 2017-18 vs. 2018-19

Overall attendance at U.S. regionals fell by a raw total of 168 participants (an 8.9% decrease), although there were more U.S. Regionals results reported to I Rebel this season (38 vs. 33).   While it is disappointing to see the decrease, in the grand scheme of things it really wasn’t that big of a drop.  At least at the Regional level, the game does not appear to be dead since there were over 1700 players at U.S. Regionals this year.  This data is summarized in the following chart.  We do want to point out that some locations had caps that ultimately prevented some players from being able to play and that certainly may have impacted the numbers.  Also the drops in average and median attendance could partially be attributed to the fact there were more Regionals overall so that gave players more options.

2017-18

33 U.S. Regionals

2018-19

38 U.S. Regionals

Year to Year Attendance Change

  Year to Year Percentage Change in Attendance

Total Attendance

1887

1719

-168

-8.9%

Average Attendance

57.18

45.24

-11.94

-20.88%

Median Attendance

55

48

-7

-12.73%

Highest Attendance

98

78

-20

-20.41%

Lowest Attendance

8

9

+1

+12.5%

Areas That Held Regionals Each in both 2017-18 and 2018-19.

For our next analysis, we decided to do direct attendance comparisons for Regionals that were held in the same general, major metropolitan area even if they were at different stores/locations. In many cases, our research showed the events were held at the exact same store/location both years.  However, in some cases they were not.  For example, the Regionals held in the state of Washington each season were at different stores, but both were in the Seattle metropolitan area according to our research.  In instances such as that, we still included those Regionals in this direct comparison.  Below are two charts presenting the data both in terms of raw numbers and percentages.

Highlights of Results

  • 25 metropolitan areas (according to our criteria)  in the U.S. held Regionals in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
  • Only 4 of those areas had net increases in attendance. The largest increase was in Birmingham, AL where they saw 12 more participants this season. Birmingham also had the largest percentage increase in attendance at +26.09%
  • Marietta, GA unfortunately saw the largest decrease in attendance. They had 42 fewer participants this season. Marietta also had the largest percentage decrease in attendance at -65.63%.

Overall U.S. attendance increase/decrease (highest increase to highest decrease)

Location (U.S.) 2017-18 Attendance

2018-19 Attendance

Attendance Increase/Decrease

Birmingham, AL

46

58

+12

Dallas, TX

55

64

+9

Boonton, NJ

75

78

+3

Austin, TX

49

50

+1

Denver, CO

44

43

-1

Seattle Area, WA

57

56

-1

Glen Burnie, MD

73

69

-4

Meridian, ID

21

16

-5

Bellevue, NE

25

20

-5

Tulsa, OK

59

53

-6

Lansing, MI

64

56

-8

Roseville, MN

85

77

-8

Honolulu, HI

18

9

-9

Fargo, ND

55

45

-10

Portland, OR

85

70

-15

Mission, KS

59

40

-19

Miami, FL

53

33

-20

Prescott, AZ

41

20

-21

North California

71

48

-23

Las Vegas. NV

53

26

-27

Newington, CT

97

65

-32

Niles, IL

98

64

-34

San Diego, CA

96

60

-36

Louisville, KY

97

57

-40

Marietta, GA

64

22

-42

Overall Percentage Increase/Decrease by Location

Location (U.S.)

2017-18 Attendance

2018-19 Attendance

Year to Year Percentage Change in Attendance
Birmingham, AL

46

58

+26.09%

Dallas, TX

55

64

+16.36%

Boonton, NJ

75

78

+4%

Austin, TX

49

50

+2.04%

Seattle Area, WA

57

56

-1.75%

Denver, CO

44

43

-2.27%

Glen Burnie, MD

73

69

-5.48%

Roseville, MN

85

77

-9.41%

Tulsa, OK

59

53

-10.17%

Lansing, MI

64

56

-12.5%

Portland, OR

85

70

-17.65%

Fargo, ND

55

45

-18.18%

Bellevue, NE

25

20

-20%

Meridian, ID

21

16

-23.81%

Mission, KS

59

40

-32.2%

North California

71

48

-32.39%

Newington, CT

97

65

-32.99%

Niles, IL

98

64

-34.69%

San Diego, CA

96

60

-37.5%

Miami, FL

53

33

-37.74%

Louisville, KY

97

57

-41.24%

Honolulu, HI

18

9

-50%

Las Vegas, NV

53

26

-50.94%

Prescott, AZ

41

20

-51.22%

Marietta, GA

64

22

-65.63%

States That Had Regionals Each Season in Different Areas

Finally, 4 states had Regionals both seasons but the events took place in different metropolitan areas.  It’s interesting to compare the numbers from these events to see if the change in location had any impact on attendance.  One state, Wisconsin, had only 1 Regional in 2017-18, but was awarded 2 Regionals in 2018-19.  These Regionals were in different metropolitan areas which is why they are included in the chart below.  In the case of Wisconsin, the addition of a 2nd Regional resulted in far more participants taking place in Regionals in that state this year as compared to last year even though both 2018-19 Regionals individually had lower attendance than the single 2017-18 Regional in Wisconsin.   For two other states (North Carolina and Ohio), attendance was actually better after the change in location in 2018-19.   Only the change in the New York state location from Rochester to NYC resulted in a drop in attendance.  However, NYC is located in a larger area on the East Coast where there were many Regionals and it’s possible people just chose not to travel into NYC given the other options they had.

State Location 2017-18 2018-19 Attendance Increase/Decrease
New York Rochester (2017-18)

NYC (2018-19)

65 39 -26
North Carolina Cornelius (2017-18)

Raleigh (2018-19)

41 49 +8
Ohio North Olmsted (2017-18)

Springfield (2018-19)

45 47 +2
Wisconsin* Middleton (2017-18)

Green Bay and Greenfield (2018-19)

76 G.B.:  36

Grnfld:66

G.B.:  – 40

Greenfield:   -10

Locations with U.S. Regionals in 2017-18, but NOT in 2018-19

Finally, for the sake of completion, we want to include information about the 4 locations which held U.S. Regionals in 2017-18, but did not have one in 2018-19. Despite having 2 fairly highly attended Regionals in 2017-18, Florida was only was awarded a single Regional in 2018-19.

State City/Town

2017-18 Attendance

West Virginia Martinsburg

53

Florida Panama City

42

Missisippi Gautier

17

Alaska Anchorage

8

Thanks again to I Rebel for giving me the opportunity to explore and discuss the attendance results from Regionals. Also, thanks to everyone who took the time to read this lengthy article. It’s much appreciated.

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