Grand Prix Charlotte this weekend is the largest Magic tournament ever.
Let that sink in for a second.
Think about how long Magic players have been playing in tournaments. Think about all of the tournaments you’ve been to. There has never been anything bigger than Grand Prix Charlotte 2013. That is a staggering statistic, so I wanted to go a little deeper into the numbers and see just how big this Grand Prix really is.
Magic events that Grand Prix Charlotte is bigger than:
Pro Tour Amsterdam 2010 (Largest Pro Tour): 457
SCG DC 2012 (Largest StarCityGames.com Standard Open): 693
Grand Prix Quebec City 2013 (running concurrent with Grand Prix Charlotte): 800
Grand Prix Salt Lake City 2012 (site of the first StarCityGames.com Gold Rush): 1,136
Grand Prix Philadelphia 2012 (previously the largest North American Grand Prix): 1,983
Grand Prix Paris 2011 (previously the largest Limited Grand Prix): 2,182
Grand Prix Madrid 2010 (previously the largest Grand Prix): 2,227
In fact, if you added the number of people at Grand Prix Charleston last fall (attendance: 661) to the total of North America's previous record GP in Philadelphia (attendance: 1,983) you'd still be 49 players short of surpassing the attendance record set here in Charlotte!
Okay, what else matches up?
Other numbers smaller than Grand Prix Charlotte’s attendance:
Pages in the Lord of the Rings trilogy: 1,137
Cards currently legal in Standard: 1,392
Number of players currently playing in the NFL: 1,696
Followers I (@MoxReuby) have on Twitter: 1,894
The current year: 2,013
Harvard class of 2016 (this year’s freshmen): 2,032
Backers who pledged $25 to the SolForge Kickstarter: 2,571
Total Olympic medals won by the United States (summer and winter) since 1896: 2,653
That’s a big game.