The PDC are adapting to the coronavirus crisis and have created the brand new Home Tour which will see the big names in darts playing in a huge tournament from their homes across 32 consecutive nights.
With sport across the globe cancelled or postponed due to the global pandemic, darts is in a unique position with matches being able to be played via webcam with players in remote locations.
Unsurprisingly, the PDC have moved to make the most of this and the Home Tour has been created, which is open to all PDC Tour Card holders anywhere in the world and begins on Friday night.
Each night sees four players compete in a mini-league against each other, with a winner progressing to the second stage of the tournament, which comes after the first 32 nights.
How and when that will be played is yet to be confirmed, as is the situation with prize money for the tournament, although players will receive a fixed appearance fee.
The matches will begin at 7.30pm each evening and be streamed for free on PDC.TV, while also being broadcast on bookmakers’ websites.
PDC chairman Barry Hearn said: ‘Firstly, I would like to thank all our incredible NHS staff who continue to save lives in the most difficult circumstances, we all owe an immense amount of gratitude to our key workers.
‘It gives me great excitement that we are able to deliver live darts to fans in these unprecedented times.
‘We’ve spent the last few weeks planning and looking at what is possible, and I’m delighted to be able to present a concept which gives all Tour Card Holders the opportunity to take part.
‘The PDC Home Tour will provide a regular supply of live sport to fans, showcasing the talent and unique characters of our players to both existing and new audiences.
‘The event will also give players a chance to play competitive darts in this down period in preparation for the return to normal action, whenever that may be.’
The draw for the first four nights of action will be made on Wednesday and each match will be a best of nine legs.
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