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Wright Eyes Epic Aberdeen Premier League Opener

Peter Wright has told darts bosses not to give him Gary Anderson on an epic first Unibet Premier League night at the new P&J Live Arena in Aberdeen.

Snakebite, a finalist two years ago, admits he is excited to hit the stage at the new venue on opening night next February.

It was announced by the PDC that Aberdeen will host the first round of the hugely-popular tournament.

Wright said: “It’s fantastic news that the season will start in Aberdeen next year. It should be pretty special and what a way to start the new season!

“Aberdeen has always been brilliant – the atmosphere was incredible every year in the old AECC, so this will give even more fans the chance to experience that in the new P&J Live venue.

“Hopefully I’ll be selected and get to play there in February. It will be amazing to be part of it and I’m already looking forward to it – but I don’t want to play against Gary Anderson, please give me someone else!

A move to the P&J Live arena – part of a new event complex close to Aberdeen airport – will see the Premier League season open in style on Thursday February 6 in front of a record crowd for the event in the city.

The tournament will then move to Nottingham, Cardiff and Dublin during the remainder of February before the visit to Westpoint Exeter on Thursday March 5 ahead of the UK Open.

Further league nights in Liverpool and Newcastle will be followed by a double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy on March 25-26, the second of which will be Judgement Night, as the popular Dutch venue welcomes back the Premier League.

The remaining players will then compete across the final seven league nights in a bid to secure Play-Off places, beginning on Thursday April 2 in Belfast.

Sheffield and Manchester then host further league nights before the Premier League visits Berlin for a third successive year on Thursday April 23, with German fans having flocked to the Mercedes-Benz Arena during 2017 and 2018.

League nights in Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds follow to conclude the regular season, with the Play-Offs then seeing the destiny of the title confirmed on Thursday May 21 with the semi-finals and final at The O2 in London.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn added: “The 2019 Unibet Premier League proved hugely successful and the confirmation of the schedule for 2020 is an exciting moment for us.

 “To make our debut at the new P&J Live in Aberdeen will be a fantastic way to start the season, and once again we’ll be visiting Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany throughout four months of top-class action.”

By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)