Paddy Power Champions League of Darts moves to Leicester

Photography: Chris Dean / Scantech Media

THE Paddy Power Champions League of Darts will be held at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on 19-20 October following confirmation of the new venue for the BBC-televised tournament.

The Champions League of Darts was introduced in 2016, with Phil Taylor and Mensur Suljovic claiming the title before last year’s success for Gary Anderson, who overcame Peter Wright in the final.

Featuring eight players competing across two days, the stars are split into two groups of four for the opening three sessions, before the top two players from each group progress to take part in the semi-finals and final.

This year’s fourth staging of the Champions League of Darts, on October 19-20, will see the tournament move to Leicester as a PDC tournament visits the city for the first time.

“The Paddy Power Champions League of Darts has been a popular addition to the PDC calendar in the past three years and the Morningside Arena promises to be an excellent host venue,” said PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to see the world’s eight leading players competing in a quick-fire format across two days. We had great drama in last year’s tournament and expect another high-quality Champions League in October.”

The Morningside Arena is the home to BBL side Leicester Riders and has also successfully hosted wheelchair rugby, boxing, music, comedy and entertainment shows.

“Leicester has been a hotbed of sport for a number of years with successes across football, rugby and our own Leicester Riders basketball team, so to add an elite darts tournament to that list of top-level sport is huge,”said Dave Clayton, the Morningside Arena Manager.

“Darts is a sport that anybody can get involved with and to be able to bring this to a sports-loving Leicester audience for the first time will be a ground-breaking and historic occasion.

“We are proud to be welcoming the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts and look forward to welcoming the top eight players, whoever they may be, come October.”

Paddy Power’s innovative sponsorship of the event will include the offer of a huge £100,000 prize to be split amongst the crowd who attend the session if a nine-dart finish was achieved.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “We’re excited to bring the Champions League of Darts to Leicester, a city famous for one of the most incredible sporting achievements in recent memory.

“This year we’re hoping to make history ourselves by offering ticketholders a share of £100,000 in our nine-darter prize pot, believed to be the BIGGEST CROWD PRIZE IN WORLD SPORT!

“Alongside top-class sporting action, we’ll be bringing never-seen-before experiences to darts fans in the Midlands.”

Tickets for the 2019 Paddy Power Champions League of Darts will go on sale in the near future. To sign up to be amongst the first to receive ticket information, visitwww.pdc.tv/ChampionsLeaguePreSale.

2019 Paddy Power Champions League of Darts

Saturday October 19

Afternoon Session

4x Group Matches

Evening Session

4x Group Matches

Sunday October 20

Afternoon Session

4x Group Matches

Evening Session

Semi-Finals

Final

Ticket information and T&Cs will be available at www.pdc.tv/tickets

For further information about the Morningside Arena, please visit www.leicesterarena.co.uk.