Live crowds will return to a PDC event for the first time in 2021 for the conclusion of the Premier…
Live crowds will return to a PDC event for the first time in 2021 for the conclusion of the Premier League Darts campaign.
UK government guidelines from May 17 onwards are set to allow a crowd of up to 1,000 fans for indoor sporting events.
This means that the final five nights of the Premier League from May 24-28 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes will be able to welcome a crowd – ending almost six months of behind-closed-doors action.
The fourth block of the Premier League season will begin on Monday May 24, with Night 13 seeing the race for Play-Off places intensify with the first of four league nights.
The top four players following Night 16 on Thursday May 27 then progress to the Play-Offs on Friday May 28, which will feature the Semi-Finals and final – with a £250,000 top prize up for grabs.
A Covid-secure environment will include socially-distanced tables, a requirement for face coverings when moving around the venue, table service for food and drinks, one-way walking routes and pre-entry screening.
PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter said: “We’re delighted that we’ll be able to welcome back crowds for the culmination of the Unibet Premier League at the end of May for what should be five great nights of action.
“It feels like such a long time since we last had a live crowd in December at the start of the World Championship, but we’ve continued to work with the relevant authorities regarding the safe return of fans to PDC tournaments at the appropriate time.
“The Premier League is an event which thrives on the support from live crowds, and our players will undoubtedly rise to the occasion of having fans back next month.”
Tickets will go on General Sale from 12pm BST on Thursday May 6, with bookings of up to six people per transaction permitted.
The fixtures for the second half of the round-robin campaign were released earlier this week and can be viewed here.