That is incorrect. The store had 3 or 4 employees present at all times during the first day. None of those employees were part of the TO staff. They opened early and closed late to accommodate the tournament. The store is normally busy on Saturdays with most of the tables taken up by card games, and other miniature games players. The sections of the store that are normally used for RPG, board games, and painting/modeling were filled with tables for X-Wing as well. The store had had flyers posted weeks in advance telling their regular customers to not even bother coming in on Saturday unless they were attending the event.
Outside of the X-Wing tournament the store was essentially closed. Other than $25 per person what revenue did the store bring in for the entire day? I know I didn't spend anything. I didn't see many other players buying stuff while they were there either. This isn't like throwing a local tournament, where the cash you spend to give fat prize support is likely to come back to you in the form of loyal customers. How many of those players from LA, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and elsewhere are ever going to show up in that store to shop? Even if it had zero prize support, it was an expensive event for a game store to host.
It was a well run event, everyone I know that attended had a good time.
This is my home store and happen to think they the Staff, TO and Judges did an excellent job making my experience as Awesome as any other day I show up to play a casual game of X-wing with friends or League Night.
I feel sorry for the people who did not enjoy themselves and the excellent comradely\conversation with fellow x-wing players. I personally did not come to win prizes (Would have been nice but I had an off day 1-5) but to meet new people test my ability against other players and have fun...