Last night was the normal-fee entry deadline. The number of entries has gone through the roof. Last year, the total number of entries to the individual events was around 9,980. This year, the number as of this morning was 11,132. (Keep in mind that this is the number of entries and not the number of fencers since many of the fencers are entered in more than one event.) This includes entries whose status is "Pending", meaning that they might not have qualified and so will have their entry rejected. So between now and the start of the tournament, from day to day the numbers will go down as entries are rejected and are withdrawn because of change of plans and the numbers will go up because of late-fee entries or entries that the NO had been holding because of issues like bounced checks or questions about classifications or membership. The sizes of the entries should be causing concern. While the USFA can always find bigger venues to lay down ever more pistes, the one constraint about which very little can be done is the number of competent referees. You can train and test additional referees, but no amount of training will change someone who lacks the physical and mental ability into someone who can referee at the highest level. They can be competent at the Divisional level but just can't adjust to the speed, variety, and complexity of the actions at the National level. For the number-freaks out there, here's an overview of the entry numbers I found as of the morning after the normal-fee entry deadline. I have another spreadsheet that shows the number of entries on each day and on every day except the first and last, there will be over 1,000 fencers competing on that day with four of the days having more than 1,300 fencers competing.