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Jamie Shaw in World Grand Prix 28 Aug 2020
A general view of the arena at the Citywest (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2020 World Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in October.

The prestigious double-start tournament had been due to be held for a 20th time at Dublin’s Citywest Convention Centre, with the venue having hosted the Grand Prix since 2001.

However, the complex has been leased as a Covid-19 isolation unit until late October, meaning it is not possible for the tournament to be held in Dublin this year.

The event will now follow the World Matchplay and Premier League in being staged behind closed doors.

The World Grand Prix will now take place from October 6-12 at the Ricoh Arena, a venue which has previously hosted the Premier League as well as a number of PDC ProTour weekends.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “The BoyleSports World Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the PDC calendar and whilst we’re disappointed we will not be at the Citywest Convention Centre in 2020, we can now look forward to an exciting and entertaining event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

“We saw an outstanding standard of play at the recent World Matchplay and are sure that will continue in the World Grand Prix, which remains a challenging and unique event due to the double-start format.

“The Citywest Convention Centre remains part of our plans for 2021 and beyond and we thank them for their support in exploring all options for the event to have taken place in Dublin this year.”

The World Grand Prix week had traditionally incorporated the final of the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay, Ireland’s top domestic honour which saw the winner secure a place in the World Championship.

This year’s Irish Matchplay has been cancelled and the PDC are still to determine how the spot at Ally Pally will be allocated.

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