Darts legends come to Arena

Greatest darts player ever Phil "The Power" Taylor - will be at Sheffield Arena on April 14.
Greatest darts player ever Phil "The Power" Taylor - will be at Sheffield Arena on April 14.

THE 2011 PDC 888.com Premier League Darts will be held on 15 consecutive Thursday nights from February-May, taking in the UK’s largest arenas for the sport’s most popular event. The PDC darts roadshow hits Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena on the 14th April 2011. Tickets are now on sale priced £30, £20 (subject to booking fee).

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. The fixtures for Sheffield have now been drawn:-

James Wade v Simon Whitlock

Mark Webster v Gary Anderson

Terry Jenkins v Phil Taylor

Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis

GARY ANDERSON and Mark Webster will make their debuts in Premier League Darts in 2011 after being confirmed amongst the eight-player field for the tournament.

Anderson’s rise to fourth in the PDC Order of Merit has seen him earn an automatic place in the Premier League Darts, which features the top four from the PDC Order of Merit plus four Wildcards in 2011.

World number one Phil Taylor, the reigning Premier League Darts champion, is joined by new Ladbrokes.com World Darts Champion Adrian Lewis and Bodog.com World Grand Prix winner James Wade and Anderson as the automatic selections.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, 2010 World Championship runner-up Simon Whitlock, 2007 Premier League Darts finalist Terry Jenkins and two-time PDC World Championship semi-finalist Webster are the four Wildcards.

Webster, who won the 2008 Lakeside Championship before joining the PDC, is rewarded for a fine run of form recently, which saw him lead Wales to the Cash Converters World Cup of Darts final before he knocked out Taylor in reaching the World Championship semi-finals at Alexandra Palace.

The league stage of Premier League Darts - which is screened live in its entirety by Sky Sports - will see the eight players face each other twice before the top four players progress to play in the Play-Offs at the Wembley Arena on Thursday May 19.

The 2010 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 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”

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.”

Tickets for the 888.com Premier League Darts at the Motorpoint Arena are priced £30 for table seats and £20 for tiered seating (subject to booking fee). There will be a maximum of six table seats per customer with a family enclosure available. Tickets can be booked in person at the Arena box office, through the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56 or online at www.motorpointarena.co.uk.