2011 PDC PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS VENUES UNVEILED
THE 2011 PDC Premier League Darts will be held on 15 consecutive Thursday nights from February-May, taking in of the UK^s largest arenas for the sport^s most popular event.
Eight stars of the PDC will compete in Premier League Darts, facing each other twice over the course of 14 league nights before the top four players compete in the play-offs at the Wembley Arena on Thursday May 19.
This year^s event saw reigning champion James Wade defeated in an historic final by Phil Taylor, who became the first player in history to hit two nine-dart finishes in the same match as he claimed a fifth Premier League Darts title.
Premier League Darts will kick off at The O2 in London on February 10, following the success of launching the 2010 tournament in front of 10,000 fans at the Greenwich venue.
The event then progresses to Nottingham, Belfast, Exeter, Manchester, Glasgow and Brighton in the first half of the league campaign.
The arenas in Cardiff, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool and Bournemouth will then host the Premier League Darts before the league phase ends at Newcastle^s Metro Radio Arena on May 12.
The play-offs will be held on the following Thursday, May 19, at the Wembley Arena, and all nights will be screened live on Sky Sports HD.
The PDC^s top four players following the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on January 4 will qualify by right to compete in Premier League Darts, and will be joined by four Wildcard selections.
"Premier League Darts is one of British sport^s biggest success stories since we introduced the tournament in 2005 and this year^s event saw the event move to a new level," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.
"Not only did we pack arenas around the UK for three months but the players produced an incredible standard of darts - most notably with Raymond van Barneveld^s nine-dart finish in Aberdeen which was followed by the incredible final which featured two nine-darters from Phil Taylor.
"We are already looking forward to seeing darts^ most exciting players in the 2011 Premier League Darts and I^m sure our fans across the United Kingdom feel the same way."
The Premier League Darts dates were confirmed on Monday alongside the 2011 PDC Calendar, with over £5 million in prize money on offer on the professional circuit next year.
A total of 128 days of darts action will begin in January with the Qualifying School for the newly-introduced PDC ProTour Card system, with a total of 31 Players Championships and eight UK Open Qualifiers - each offering £35,000 prize money - to be held alongside the major televised events.
Premier League Darts Ticket Information
Tickets will go on Priority Sale on Monday October 4, exclusively to PDCtv Annual Subscribers.
Subscribers must have an active Annual Subscription at midnight on Wednesday September 29 to be eligible to purchase tickets in the Priority Sales period.
Monthly Subscribers are not eligible to purchase tickets, and users can check the status of their PDCtv subscription by logging into their account at www.pdc.tv.
All ticket sales in the Priority Sales period will be handled through SeeTickets, with the telephone number and website details to be confirmed in due course.
Tickets will then go on general sale on Monday October 11, when sales will commence from each venue. Relevant Box Office information will be posted online in due course.
Tickets will cost £30 for table seats and £20 for tiered seating at all venues, plus any applicable booking fees. There will be a maximum of six table seats per customer.
Family Enclosure and Disabled tickets will be available at all venues and customers are asked to request the relevant area when purchasing tickets.
Full Terms Conditions of ticket sales are available at www.pdc.tv.