I've talked to several of the tourney goers around here. Apparently I'm the only one "hard core" enough to even consider it. (this comes from years of 40k GT hopping)
I wish I was more of a "player", I've been so busy lately I cannot even get nightly games on Vassal. 8mo old, 10yo, wife, job, and nightly part time job destroy my ability to get constant games in like a Royal Guard Interceptor Arc-dodges! Point being, if I was assured of hitting top 5% in a major tourney I would go (a realistic goal for me to shoot for in 40k back in the day). Still, that alt-art Skywalker is still a draw...and I'm VERY much into this game. Perhaps I underestimate myself.
At any rate. At this point it's a question of affordability. 112 bucks on Greyhound is a definite possibility. They drop right at the mall next to the stores location in Monroeville and if I read how you catch Greyhound busses I will be able to pick up the same bus to go home on the return trip at that same point. More research needed there. This cost is likely cheaper than gas...and I can spend the hella long ride reading, sleeping and playing a game on my laptop. All in all a nice Vacation.
Hurting the affordability factor however is a business/family trip for my entire family flying to Texas exactly one month after this Tourney is scheduled. For that we're talking over 1000 bucks in plane tickets....and this is more important so it must be purchased before any toy soldier excursion.
I'm socking away the Part-Time gig money however. I really want to go, and really want to be part of a big event supporting this hobby. I pretty much gave up 40k for this...and I love big tourney get-togethers.
We just have to wait and see.