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Ricoh Arena to host further three televised events plus PDC Winter Series

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 30 Sep 2020
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Coventry’s Ricoh Arena will host three further televised events and the PDC Winter Series during October and November.

The Premier League Play-Offs, Grand Slam of Darts and Players Championship Finals will all now be staged behind closed doors in Coventry due the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The venue, which will also stage the World Grand Prix next week, has also previously hosted the Premier League as well as a number of PDC ProTour weekends.

The Premier League Play-Offs have been brought forward a week to Thursday October 15, commencing at 7pm BST.

The Grand Slam of Darts will now take place from November 16-24, while the Players Championship Finals will take place across its scheduled dates from November 27-29.

A newly-announced PDC Winter Series follows on from the Summer and Autumn Series, with five Players Championship events to be played across consecutive days.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “Firstly, we would like to thank everyone at the Ricoh Arena for their co-operation in accommodating four of our biggest events in a short space of time.

“Whilst we are disappointed that fans will not be in attendance at the traditional venues for these events, we are pleased to still be able to deliver these for both players and viewers during these uncertain times.

“October and November are always among the busiest and exciting months in the PDC calendar and this year is no different, with six TV events providing a perfect build-up to the World Championship.

“The players have conducted themselves impeccably throughout this period and I am sure they will provide more top-class entertainment over the coming weeks and months.”

Meanwhile, the PDPA World Championship Qualifier will also be held at the Ricoh Arena on Monday November 30, with play to commence from midday.

A minimum of two places will be on offer to PDC Tour Card Holders who will have a final chance to qualify for the 2020/21 World Darts Championship.