Coronavirus - Latest re PDC events

This page provides details of the latest updates in relation to PDC events and the Coronavirus pandemic.

Any further updates will be posted on this page.

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If you have tickets for a Unibet Premier League night or a European Tour event which has been rescheduled, these tickets will remain valid for the new date (and equivalent session, in the case of the European Tour).

If you are unable to attend the new date, you can apply for a refund from your point of purchase. This is the Box Office where you purchased the tickets, not the PDC Head Office.

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Players are advised to check that they have appropriate travel insurance, and to check with the PDPA before booking hotel or travel for PDC events.

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Guests will be limited to one per player for Players Championship events, European Tour Qualifiers, PDC Unicorn Challenge and Development Tour events until further notice.

The 2020 US Darts Masters, which was scheduled for June 5-6 in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, has been postponed and moved back to June 4-5 2021.

The sport's top stars, led by current World Champion Peter Wright, world number one Michael van Gerwen and history-maker Fallon Sherrock, were set to take on leading players from North America in June as the PDC's World Series of Darts visited New York for the first time.

With the global restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to move the US Darts Masters and North American Championship back 12 months to be staged on June 4-5 2021.

All original tickets will be honored for the corresponding session of the 2021 event.

"There was huge excitement about taking the US Darts Masters to Madison Square Garden, not just from the players set to compete in June but also across the wider North American darting community," said PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter.

"However, with the ongoing worldwide situation we felt that the right decision was to postpone the World Series' visit to New York for 12 months.

"This decision only strengthens our resolve to make the 2021 US Darts Masters and North American Championship a success as part of our global World Series of Darts tour."

The US Darts Masters will begin on Friday June 4 2021 with the first round, as the eight PDC representatives take on the eight North American representatives.

The afternoon session on Saturday June 5 will then see the North American Championship take place, as the eight North American representatives compete in their own knockout event.

The US Darts Masters then concludes in the evening session on Saturday June 5 with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Tickets purchased for the original dates will remain valid for the equivalent session of the new dates. Ticket information is available through Ticketmaster.

The inaugural PDC World Series of Darts event in Copenhagen has been moved back four months, with the Nordic Darts Masters now to be staged on October 23-24.

The sport's top stars, led by World Champion Peter Wright and world number one Michael van Gerwen, were set to take on leading players from across the Nordic & Baltic region on June 12-13 at Forum Copenhagen.

With the global restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to move the Nordic Darts Masters to be staged later in 2020.

The inaugural event at Forum Copenhagen will begin on Friday October 23 with the first round, which sees the eight PDC stars drawn against the eight regional representatives.

The tournament then concludes with two sessions on Saturday October 24, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening session.

The four PDC Tour Card Holders from the Nordic & Baltic region retain their places in the tournament, with Lithuania's Darius Labanauskas - a World Championship quarter-finalist this year - joined by Finland's Marko Kantele, Sweden's Daniel Larsson and Latvia's Madars Razma in competing.

Three Danish representatives will also compete in the tournament, with the final place being awarded to a PDCNB qualifier.

The PDC representatives are also set to include Fallon Sherrock, who created history and worldwide headlines as the first woman to win at the PDC World Championship in December.

Tickets purchased for the original dates of the Nordic Darts Masters will remain valid for the equivalent session of the new dates. Refunds can be applied for through Ticketmaster

2020 Nordic Darts Masters
Nordic & Baltic Representatives

Marko Kantele (Finland)
Darius Labanauskas (Lithuania)
Daniel Larsson (Sweden)
Madars Razma (Latvia)
3x Danish Representatives + 1x Qualifier

Friday October 23
Evening Session

First Round

Saturday October 24
Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session
Semi-Finals & Final

The Championship Darts Corporation has announced that their planned second CDC Tour weekend of 2020, in Chicago in May, has been cancelled.

Due to the ongoing worldwide situation, the year's opening weekend in Ontario in March was postponed last month.

The planned weekend from May 15-17 in Chicago will also now not take place, although the CDC hope to resume play for their next scheduled weekend, in Denver in July.

However, the organisation is planning to introduce a CDC Championship League featuring seven North American players competing in a seven-week season, including one weekly featured match from each country to be streamed.

Further details will be available at the CDC website.

The Professional Darts Players Association has announced financial support for players affected by the current suspension of tournaments.

A statement released by the PDPA on Tuesday March 31 read:
The PDPA has announced measures to assist PDC Tour Card Holders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As always, our Members' health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. Additionally, the financial impact on our Members due to the pandemic is something which we and the PDC continue to monitor daily.
 
Therefore, for our Members’ benefit we announce the following:
• An Immediate Emergency Fund of up to £1,000 for any Tour Card Holder in real need of immediate financial assistance. This fund is SPECIFICALLY for Members who are currently suffering a real negative financial impact due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This applied-for payment will be non-repayable.
• A PDPA/PDC Hardship Fund for any Tour Card Holder who requires further financial support in the months ahead in the form of an advance against future prize money. The details for this fund will be forwarded to all Tour Card Holders in due course.

Our Tour Card Holders will be emailed with full information about these packages and how they can apply for this support. If any Tour Card Holder does not receive this email, please contact the PDPA as soon as possible, with contact details available at www.pdpa.co.uk.

ENDS

Kyle Anderson has tested positive for Coronavirus and is now in isolation at home in Australia.

The 32-year-old returned to Australia recently, with play in PDC events having been paused during the current global pandemic.

He was tested whilst at home in Queensland with wife Tara and son Charles, and although not requiring hospital treatment is now in isolation close to his family and following the appropriate medical guidance.

"He is in good spirits but is now back in isolation on his own in a farm house in Mount Morgan," said manager Mark Elkin, in a statement. "Tara and Charles both tested negative and are both back in the family home.

"It goes without saying that we all wish him a speedy recovery, but it also stresses the need to follow the guidelines set out by the Government. We need to beat this disease together as one."

All at the PDC wish Kyle a speedy and safe recovery.

The PDC calendar could suffer further postponements in the coming weeks due to the ongoing global situation, admits PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

The worldwide restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic have seen PDC events suspended since March 19, with all of April's Unibet Premier League and other tour events being postponed.

Speaking to The Darts Show Podcast, Porter admitted that further postponements for the Premier League's planned May dates are possible, with rearranged dates already seeing the season set to end on October 1 in Newcastle.

He said: "We've announced that all the Premier League nights up to the end of April are postponed [and it's] more than likely the May ones will be as well but we're working through the challenges associated with those and we'll fit things back into our calendar as best we can, probably in the second half of 2020."

Click here for the full interview.

The Unibet Premier League nights planned for Manchester, Berlin and Birmingham during April are the latest events to be postponed.

With worldwide restrictions continuing, the postponements mean that all five planned Premier League nights in April will now be rearranged, following Monday's announcement that the visits to Belfast and Sheffield will not take place as initially scheduled.

The visits to Manchester and Berlin have been moved to September, while the visit to Utilita Arena Birmingham will now be in July.

The rescheduled dates are as follows:
Thursday April 16 - The Manchester Arena - NOW Thursday September 24
Thursday April 23 - Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin - NOW Thursday September 3
Thursday April 30 - Arena Birmingham - NOW Thursday July 30

The changes mean that at least eight Unibet Premier League nights will now be rescheduled, with the five April dates following the postponements of the visit to Newcastle and the Rotterdam double-header in March.

At present, the Unibet Premier League is now planned to conclude in Newcastle on Thursday October 1.

Tickets purchased for the original league nights will remain valid for the new dates. Should any fans with tickets be unable to attend the new date, they will be entitled to a refund from their point of purchase.

Revised Unibet Premier League Schedule
At March 24 2020
May 7 2020 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
May 14 2020 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
May 21 2020 - The O2, London
July 2 2020 - The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
July 30 2020 - Utilita Arena Birmingham
September 3 2020 - Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
September 9-10 2020 - Rotterdam Ahoy
September 24 2020 - The Manchester Arena
October 1 2020 - Utilita Arena, Newcastle
TBC - The SSE Arena, Belfast

The Unibet Premier League nights planned for Belfast and Sheffield during April have been postponed due to the ongoing global situation.

March's planned Premier League nights in Newcastle and Rotterdam were postponed recently, and with further restrictions now in place worldwide, the first two events scheduled in April will also now be staged later in 2020.

In line with the rescheduling of other nights to extend the Unibet Premier League season during 2020, the visit to The FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield - originally on Thursday April 9 - has been rescheduled for Thursday July 2.

Details of the revised date for the visit to The SSE Arena in Belfast, which was originally planned for Thursday April 2, will be confirmed in due course.

Tickets purchased for the original league nights will remain valid for the new dates. Should any fans with tickets be unable to attend the new date, they will be entitled to a refund from their point of purchase.

The ongoing worldwide situation has led to events in March, April and May on the DartPlayers Australia and DartPlayers New Zealand circuits to be cancelled.

The DPA have postponed the planned ProTour weekends in Tasmania in April and Victoria in May, as well as planned two Challenge Tour weekends in late March.

The events are set to be rescheduled for later in 2020, with further details to be confirmed in due course via dartplayersaustralia.com.

In New Zealand, the 2019/20 DPNZ Harrows ProTour season has now concluded following the cancellation of events planned in Queenstown on March 21-22.

The news means that Haupai Puha has topped the DPNZ Men's Rankings for 2019/20, winning eight out of 12 events to claim 212 points, with Ben Robb (136) in second place, Warren Parry (124) in third and Darren Herewini (72) in fourth.

The 2020/21 DPNZ Harrows ProTour season is now expected to begin in September, with further details to be confirmed at dartplayers.co.nz in due course.

The Players Championship double-headers, European Tour Qualifiers and the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events planned for April have now been postponed.

With restrictions being imposed across the world at present and further to this week's postponement of the non-televised events in the remainder of March, the following tournaments also will not now take place as planned:
Players Championships - April 4-5
European Tour 5-6 Qualifiers - April 6
PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 5-8 - April 10-12
European Tour 7 Qualifier - April 17
Players Championships - April 18-19

Whilst the PDC had hoped to retain events across the ProTour, Challenge Tour and Development Tour during the coming weeks, the postponements will ensure the integrity of the various Orders of Merit due to the travel restrictions for non-UK players.

Rescheduled dates for the above events will be confirmed in due course, with the three postponed European Tour events which had been set for March and April already rearranged for later in 2020.

Player entries for postponed tournaments will also remain valid for any rearranged equivalent dates. Players can see further updates from the PDPA via www.pdpa.co.uk.

The 2020 German Darts Grand Prix in Munich has been rearranged for July 31-August 2 as the latest European Tour event to be rescheduled.

The German Darts Grand Prix had been set to be played from April 11-13 across the Easter period, but was one of three European Tour events initially postponed last week due to the ongoing global situation.

However, the event has now been rescheduled for Friday July 31-Sunday August 2 at Zenith in Munich, and will replace the previously planned Players Championship events on August 1-2.

Tickets for original the German Darts Grand Prix dates will remain valid for the equivalent session from August 7-9. Fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.

Revised European Tour Dates
European Darts Grand Prix (ET2) - now May 29-31
German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) - now July 31-August 2
European Darts Open (ET3) - now August 7-9

The Players Championship double-header will be rearranged in due course alongside other planned ProTour weekends which have been impacted by the recent amendments to the 2020 PDC calendar.

The Junior Darts Corporation has postponed its forthcoming tour events in Coventry as well as JDC Academy sessions due to the ongoing global situation and restrictions in place across the UK.

The JDC held the fifth and sixth events on the Scott Farms International Junior Darts Tour in Wolverhampton on March 14, where Nathan Potter and Leighton Bennett shared victories.

However, with restrictions being imposed across the UK this week, the JDC have now postponed the planned double-header on Saturday April 11 in Coventry.

In addition, they have also suspended JDC Academy sessions and postponed the planned JDC Accreditation Days in England and Ireland and the Greenzone Tour event in Derby.

For further details about the JDC, please visit the JDC website or follow @JDCDarts on Twitter.

The PDC Unicorn Development Tour events on March 21-22 and the Players Championship weekend on March 28-29 are to be postponed.

Three nights of the Unibet Premier League and a trio of PDC European Tour events have already been postponed due to the ongoing worldwide situation.

With restrictions being implemented in the UK alongside further worldwide measures, the PDC has opted to postpone the next two weekends of non-televised events.

This means that the year's second Development Tour weekend, which was set to feature four tournaments in Wigan, as well as the new Players Championship double-header in Milton Keynes have now been postponed.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: "The health and wellbeing of players, fans, officials and staff at events has been at the forefront of our thoughts over the past week during an unprecedented time for everyone worldwide.

"We issued precautionary measures around last week's Unibet Premier League night in Liverpool and Players Championship events to keep everyone as safe as possible.

"However, following Monday's announcements and further discussions with stakeholders including the PDPA and venues, we feel it is in the best interests of everyone involved in the sport to postpone the forthcoming Development Tour and Players Championship weekends during March.

"We had hoped to provide as many playing opportunities as possible for players in the coming weeks, and will work to rearrange these events during 2020."

Player entries for postponed tournaments will also remain valid for any rearranged equivalent dates. Players can see further updates from the PDPA via www.pdpa.co.uk.

The Unibet Premier League night at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle planned for Thursday March 19 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Thursday October 1.

The decision to postpone Thursday's planned event has been taken following the UK Government's restriction on "non-essential social contact" and decision to remove emergency service support for mass gatherings.

Thursday's event in Newcastle becomes the third Premier League night of the 2020 season to be postponed, following last week's announcement moving the Rotterdam double-header to September 9-10.

Tickets for the rearranged Premier League nights in Newcastle and Rotterdam will remain valid for the rearranged dates. Ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase in due course.

Further details in relation to future Premier League nights and other PDC events will be confirmed in due course.

The European Darts Open has been rescheduled for August 7-9 following the postponement of the originally-planned March dates.

The PDC European Tour event had been due to be held in Leverkusen from March 27-29, but was postponed last week due to restrictions in place across Germany due to the current global situation.

The tournament has now been moved to be held from August 7-9 in Leverkusen, and will feature the original field of qualified players, with the 16 seeded players having been joined by 24 players from last Friday's Tour Card Holder Qualifier.

The news follows Saturday's confirmation that the European Darts Grand Prix has been rescheduled for May 29-31 in Sindelfingen.

Rearranged dates for the German Darts Grand Prix are still being finalised, and will be announced once available.

Tickets for original the European Darts Open dates will remain valid for the equivalent session from August 7-9. Fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.

Revised European Tour Dates
European Darts Grand Prix (ET2) - now May 29-31
European Darts Open (ET3) - now August 7-9

Further updates in relation to PDC events will be issued at pdc.tv/Coronavirus.

The 2020 European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen has been rescheduled for May 29-31.

The tournament had been planned as the year's second European Tour event and was due to be held from March 20-22 at the Glaspalast, before being one of three events postponed earlier this week due to the current global situation.

With restrictions in Germany currently in place until April 19, the European Darts Grand Prix is now set to take place from May 29-31, and will remain at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen.

As a result, the planned Players Championship double-header in Hildesheim on May 30-31 will be rescheduled, with details to be announced once finalised.

Rearranged dates for the European Darts Open (ET3) and German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) are still being finalised, and will be announced once confirmed.

Tickets for the original European Darts Grand Prix dates will remain valid for the equivalent session of the new event. Any fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.

The 2020 Unibet Premier League season will continue until at least September, with the dates now confirmed for a rescheduled double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy.

The Premier League nights originally scheduled for March 25-26 at Ahoy have been postponed due to regulations introduced in the Netherlands following the Coronavirus epidemic.

The double-header has now been rearranged for September 9-10 at Rotterdam Ahoy, starting at 2000 local time on each night.

Subject to no further changes being required to the existing Unibet Premier League schedule, the nights in Rotterdam are now set to be the 16th league night on Wednesday September 9 and the Play-Offs on Thursday September 10.

The schedule amendments will now make the visit to The SSE Arena in Belfast on Thursday April 2 the eighth league night, with Judgement Night now becoming Thursday April 9 at The FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield.

Existing ticket bookings for March 25-26 at Rotterdam Ahoy will remain valid for the corresponding new dates on September 9-10.

Further updates in relation to PDC events and the Coronavirus epidemic will be issued at pdc.tv/Coronavirus.

Click here to see full revised Premier League dates.

The planned opening weekend of the 2020 Championship Darts Corporation season in North America has been postponed.

The CDC's 2020 events had been due to begin from March 20-22 in Ontario, Canada, with two CDC Tour events accompanied by World Series of Darts qualifiers and Junior Tour events.

However, due to the evolving situation worldwide due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the CDC have taken the decision to postpone the weekend.

A CDC statement said: "While our events do not fall under most of the current government-imposed bans on sporting events and gatherings in North America, we must be cognizant of not only the possible health risk but also other critical issues such as the potential interruption of international travel and localized quarantines that governments in the US and Canada may elect to enforce without prior notice."

At present, the CDC's second weekend of 2020 in Chicago from May 15-17 is schedule to proceed as planned, although any change would be notified in due course through www.champdarts.com and www.pdc.tv.

The full CDC statement is available at this link.

The Premier League double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy which was scheduled for March 25-26 is the latest PDC event to be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

Three PDC European Tour events planned for Germany during March and April were postponed earlier this week due to restrictions put in place by regional federal governments.

On Thursday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that all gatherings of more than 100 people were to be prevented in the Netherlands until at least March 31.

The PDC will work with Rotterdam Ahoy to secure new dates to stage the Premier League nights, with further announcements to be made in due course.

Fans who have tickets for either Premier League night in Rotterdam will be entitled to retain the tickets for the equivalent new dates or to receive a full refund. Details will be finalised in due course and ticket buyers will be contacted by email to the email address which is registered to their booking.

At present, the Unibet Premier League's other nights are not subject to any restrictions. However, the PDC will continue to liaise with the relevant authorities and any updates will be issued at pdc.tv/Coronavirus.

The European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen has become the third PDC European Tour event to be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

The PDC announced on Tuesday at that the European Darts Open in Leverkusen and the German Darts Grand Prix in Munich would not be taking place following measures put in place by federal governments in the regions of Germany.

This measure has also been adopted now in Stuttgart, meaning that the year's planned second European Tour event in Sindelfingen from March 20-22 will be postponed.

The PDC are working with PDC Europe to schedule new dates for the events, with the possibility that other planned tournaments may move in the calendar to accommodate the rescheduled European Tour events.

Tickets already purchased for the events will remain valid for the equivalent session of the re-arranged event, or refunds will be available.

A Players Championship double-header has been added to the PDC calendar on March 28-29 in Milton Keynes, with further schedule amendments to be confirmed in due course.

A new Players Championship weekend will be played on March 28-29 in Milton Keynes to replace the postponed European Tour event in Germany.

The European Darts Open in Leverkusen, which was originally planned for March 27-29, has been postponed following measures put in place by the regional federal government in Germany.

As a result, the PDC will now stage two £75,000 Players Championship events at the Marshall Arena on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29.

The tournaments will be streamed live online through PDCTV, with two streams available simultaneously throughout each event.

PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members can now enter these events online through the PDC Online Entry System. Entries will close at 1400 GMT on Friday March 20.

The events are currently titled for player entries as Players Championship 9MK and Players Championship 10MK. However, following the close of entries, subsequent Players Championship events in 2020 will be renumbered accordingly.

Rescheduled dates for the two postponed European Tour events will be confirmed in due course.

The PDC European Tour events scheduled for Leverkusen and Munich in the coming weeks will be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

Following a decision by the federal governments in North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria to prevent gatherings of over 1,000 people, the following European Tour events will now not take place as planned:
European Darts Open (ET3) - March 27-29 in Leverkusen
German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) - April 11-13 in Munich

The PDC are working with PDC Europe to schedule new dates for the events, with the possibility that other planned tournaments may move in the calendar to accommodate the rescheduled European Tour events.

Tickets already purchased for the events will remain valid for the equivalent session of the re-arranged event, or refunds will be available. 

Players are advised not to book travel or accommodation for these European Tour events. The PDPA have also advised all players to check that they have appropriate travel insurance.

The PDPA can assist players with any queries relating to travel or accommodation bookings.

In addition to the two postponed events, PDC Europe remain in dialogue with the venue and local authorities in Sindelfingen regarding the forthcoming European Darts Grand Prix, which is planned to take place from March 20-22.

The planned opening three weekends of the 2020 PDC Asian Tour have already been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic, with the season now set to begin in May with events in Seoul and Kobe.

NOTE: At present, the Tour Card Holder Qualifiers for ET3&4 are expected to be played as planned in Barnsley on Friday March 13.

The 2020 PDC Asian Tour has been subject to a further schedule amendment due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

The opening three planned weekends of 2020 have already been postponed, with the revised schedule having seen the season set to have opened on April 18-19 in the Philippines.

However, that weekend will now be rescheduled for later in 2020, with further details to be finalised.

The planned weekends on May 9-10 in Seoul and May 30-31 in Kobe are still currently scheduled but will be confirmed in due course.

Players are reminded of the advice to have appropriate travel insurance should any further changes to the schedule be required, and to only confirm flight and/or hotel bookings once their entry is confirmed.

For further details and entry information, please visit www.pdc-asia.tv or follow Professional Darts Asia on Facebook.

2020 PDC Asian Tour dates
Events One & Two
May 9-10, PDK Darts Stadium, Seoul

Events Three & Four
May 30-31, Kobe Sanbo-Hall, Kobe

Five further weekends TBC

The health and safety of our players, staff and fans is our main priority at all our events.

Currently, there are no plans to cancel, postpone or otherwise change the running of our events and we are in regular contact with our venues, all of which are operating as normal.

We are closely monitoring the situation and will follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government. 

We would like to draw the attention of anyone who attends any of our events to the following general advice:
- Frequently clean your hands in soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub. We will endeavour to provide additional hand sanitizers where possible;
- If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands; 
- Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or cough; 
- Avoid unnecessary contact with ‘high touch’ areas such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles, surfaces etc; 
- If you experience difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please stay at home and contact a medical advisor by phone; 
- Players are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with their opponent or officials (for example at the end of their match); 
- Fans are advised that during this time players may not feel comfortable interacting with fans to their usual level and so it may be more difficult to obtain autographs or pictures with players. Fans are thanked for their understanding at this time.

If you are considering attending a PDC event in any capacity and have recently returned to the UK from overseas, particularly affected parts of Asia or northern Italy, we would like to draw your attention to the following advice from the UK Government: http://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public