PDC's New Three-Year Butlin's Deal

Butlin's Minehead Resort (PDC)

THE Professional Darts Corporation and Butlin's have agreed a new three-year contract to keep the UK Open and Players Championship Finals at the Butlin's Minehead Resort until at least 2020.

The Somerset venue has hosted PDC darts since the Players Championship Finals moved to Minehead in 2012, proving hugely popular with fans who have access to every session of darts as part of their package, which includes accommodation with inclusive dining as an option.

A European Tour event followed in March 2013 before the UK Open's Televised Finals moved to the Butlins Minehead Resort in 2014, providing two ITV4-televised tournaments from the venue.

Both the UK Open and Players Championship Finals in 2018 look set to be sell-out weekends in Minehead as the first two tournaments under the new three-year deal with the PDC.

"The UK Open and Players Championship Finals have been outstanding successes since moving to the Butlin's Minehead Resort and it's fantastic news that we've extended our partnership with Butlins for a further three years," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

"Not only does the venue provide ideal facilities for the multi-board formats of those two events, but the Weekend Break Packages are incredibly popular with fans."

The 2018 Coral UK Open TV Finals will be held from March 2-4, and sees a field of 128 players - including professional stars and amateur qualifiers who will win through knockouts in Rileys clubs across the UK - competing across eight stages simultaneously.

The Players Championship Finals will then take place from November 23-25 as a 64-player field does battle across three days over two stages.

"Having two of the major darts events at our Minehead resort is a coup for us and we are delighted to continue the relationship," said Butlin's Managing Director Dermot King.

"The atmosphere on the resort across the three days is superb, and I'd urge darts fans who haven't experienced it to come to one or both of the weekends."

To see details of Weekend Break Packages for the 2018 Coral UK Open and Players Championship Finals, visit www.bigweekends.com or call 0330 102 5295.