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Reduced capacity confirmed for first two days of 2021 World Matchplay

Jamie Shaw in World Matchplay 25 Jun 2021
The Betfred World Matchplay stage (Photo by Chris Dean/PDC)

The opening two days of the 2021 World Matchplay will take place in front of a reduced capacity crowd, the PDC has confirmed.

The PDC currently has permission for a capacity of 803 for the first three sessions of the tournament – Saturday July 17 (evening) and Sunday July 18 (afternoon and evening).

The standard capacity at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool is 2,000, meaning only around 40% of existing ticket holders will be able to attend as things stand.

All purchasers of standing tickets for those two days are to be offered a deferral of their tickets to the corresponding session in 2022, or a full refund.

All season ticket holder tickets will be honoured, but should note that their seat location may change and on a small number of occasions their group may not be all seated together for those three sessions, particularly if they have purchased more than six season tickets together.

All remaining seats will be allocated by way of a random ballot among existing ticket holders across both remaining categories of ticket – table and balcony.

This draw will take place early next week and ticket holders will be notified directly of the outcome of the ballot.

Ticket holders will only be placed in the draw to which their purchased tickets relate, and the draw will be for complete groups (i.e. if you purchased six tickets, you will receive either six, or no tickets in the ballot).

If you have purchased tickets for different sessions across these two days, each purchase will be treated separately as each session is drawn separately.

If it becomes possible for the capacity to be increased again before the event, ticket holders who missed out in this ballot will be given priority to purchase any tickets which were not previously available.

Fewer than four percent of tickets for the tournament’s first three sessions sessions will be allocated to sponsors and partners.

The PDC is expecting, and planning for, a full crowd from Monday July 19 until the end of the tournament on July 25, therefore ticket holders from Monday July 19 onwards need not take any action.

The Betfred World Matchplay features the world’s top 16 ranked players joined by the next 16 highest ranked players from the ProTour Order of Merit.

The prestigious tournament returns to the Winter Gardens after being held behind closed doors in Milton Keynes last year, with Dimitri van den Bergh bidding to retain the title.

The 32-player field will be confirmed following Players Championship 20 on July 9.