Nathan Aspinall is the reigning US Masters champion (credit:PDC)
The PDC World Series of Darts will head to New York in 2020 as the iconic Madison Square Garden hosts top-class darts for the first time.
The Hulu Theater within Madison Square Garden will host the US Darts Masters and North American Championship from June 5-6.
The World Series incorporates six worldwide tournaments throughout, allowing local prospects their chance to challenge the biggest names in darts.
The 2019 US Masters had seen Nathan Aspinall take victory on his World Series debut in Las Vegas, defeating Michael Smith in the final.
Reigning World Champion Michael van Gerwen won events in Melbourne and New Zealand, while Peter Wright took victory in Germany and Australian qualifier Damon Heta claimed a stunning triumph in Brisbane.
Florida’s Danny Baggish was the 2019 North American Championship winner, and will now go on to represent the U.S. in the World Championship in London in December before heading to New York to defend his title in 2020.
Eight American and Canadian players will get their chance to take to the Hulu Theater stage in the events, which begin on Friday June 5 with the first round of the U.S Darts Masters.
The action on Saturday June 6 will be held across two sessions, with the North American Championship in the afternoon ahead of the U.S. Darts Masters quarter-finals, Semi-Finals and final in the evening.
New York’s arrival as a new destination on the World Series tour represents further growth for darts, which has become the biggest indoor sport in the UK over the past 20 years.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “This is a fantastic development for darts to be bringing the glitz and glamour of the World Series of Darts to the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
“This is a world-renowned venue and 20 years ago it would have been a pipedream for darts players to take to the stage in such an iconic arena – but this is another exciting move for us as the World Series continues to grow.
“Not only will this be special for the players competing, but this is a fantastic chance for fans to see the cream of the world’s darting talent under one roof on June 5-6.”
Further 2020 PDC World Series of Darts events will be confirmed in due course.