One of the most lively sporting events to attend is a night at the darts and the sport’s Premier League season kicks off tonight at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
The tournament, featuring ten players and a €600,000 prize fund, will then visit Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Exeter, Nottingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Brighton, Sheffield, Dublin, Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle in the league stage before four players contest the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 16.
Last year’s event at the O2 drew a crowd of 9,000 and big nights for world titles at City West have also been played before packed crowds.
Television coverage has been a big boost for a sport that had been in decline for a period but is now fully sponsored and on the rise.
Sky TV cameras with presenter Dave Clark will be in Belfast this evening and when the show comes to Dublin on Thursday, April 18th.
Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill, Betfair and Party Poker are all involved as Title sponsors in what must be the most competitive listing of commercial partners of any sport. McCoy’s crisps are the main supporter and there is also involvement from leading suppliers like Unicorn and others,
THE stars of the League understand about the need for promotion to keep things going and have been in Ireland over the past 24 hours taking in appearances at an Ulster Rugby training session at Ravenhill as well as meeting fans throughout the city.
“It was great to meet Stephen Ferris and the lads,” said reigning Premier League champion and 15 times World Champion Phil Taylor.
“Playing darts is a great way for their squad to have some fun together, especially on away trips, and it’s great to see their enthusiasm for the game.”
This year’s competition has introduced relegation for the bottom two players after week nine before the top eight players face off in the final event at London’s O2 in May.