2020 Premier League Darts Venues
The 2020 Premier League Darts season gets underway on February 6th, and the 17-night tour will once again visit a variety of venues across Europe. Although the majority of these settings are located in the UK, the tour will also stop off in both Germany and the Netherlands, with the traditional two-night stint in Rotterdam taking place at the end of March.
It’s set to be another pulsating few months of top-class darts. With many of the nights expected to sell out, we take a closer look at this year’s chosen locations.
P&J Live – Aberdeen (6th February 2020)
P&J Live is making its debut on the tour this year with Aberdeen’s brand new state-of-the-art events venue helping kick things off at the beginning of February. It replaces the AECC, which had previously hosted Premier League Darts since 2006. Huntly’s John Henderson will be the guest player in the Granite City, and the Highlander always tends to be popular with the home crowd. It is the only venue on the 2020 tour to be hosting the event for the first time.
Motorpoint Arena – Nottingham (13th February 2020)
Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena is always one of the most popular stop-offs on the tour, and history-maker Fallon Sherrock will be the guest player on week two of Premier League Darts this year. Locals will also get the chance to see world number one Michael Van Gerwen in action. The Dutchman has a terrific record at this venue, having won each of his last five matches here. He’s faced Gerwyn Price in each of the last two visits to Nottingham.
Motorpoint Arena – Cardiff (20th February 2020)
The indoor exhibition centre has hosted Premier League Darts for the last 12 years, and the tour returns to the Welsh capital once again in 2020. Unfortunately, the Motorpoint Arena saw the lowest number of 180s thrown on last year’s tour (19), although local favorite Gerwyn Price did give the home crowd plenty to cheer about with an 8-5 victory over Michael Smith. It was a memorable match-up in which both competitors also managed to hit a 170 checkout.
3Arena – Dublin (27th February 2020)
The tour heads across the Irish Sea and arrives in Dublin at the end of February. A raucous atmosphere is guaranteed at this state-of-the-art entertainment venue, and another superb night of action is expected. There were 33 180s thrown during last year’s visit, and the crowd have also enjoyed consecutive battles between Michael Van Gerwen and Rob Cross, both of which have ended 7-2 to Mighty Mike.
West Point Arena – Exeter (5th March 2020)
Top-class darts returns to the largest entertainment venue in the south-west at the beginning of March. The venue, which holds over 7,000 spectators, has been a regular stop-off on the tour over the last decade, although the event was cancelled in 2018 due to Storm Emma. Last year, guest player Luke Humphries produced the highest checkout (161) and was responsible for the highest average of 101.30 during his 6-6 draw with Gerwyn Price. The 24-year old will return to the venue as this year’s challenger.
M&S Bank Arena – Liverpool (12th March 2020)
The M&S Bank Arena (formerly the Echo Arena) is always one of the most popular venues on the tour. There were a number of memorable matches played out last year, including a superb battle between Rob Cross and Peter Wright. Both players averaged over 100, with the Hastings-born thrower hitting a 140 checkout in the process. In 2018, darts legend Eric Bristow suffered a heart attack and sadly passed away while attending the Premier League Darts here. His death was announced during the final match of the evening.
Utilita Arena – Newcastle (19th March 2020)
Formerly known as the Metro Radio Arena, this venue is always one of the best attended nights of the season. It has been a regular on the circuit since 2007 and has played host to a number of memorable match-ups over the years. Twelve months ago, it hosted the opening night of the Premier League, with an impressive 37 180s being thrown across the five matches. In 2019, it was one of only three nights in which the players threw a collective average of over 100.
Ahoy – Rotterdam (25th and 26th March 2020)
Ahoy was the first venue outside of the UK to stage Premier League Darts and began hosting back-to-back nights on the tour in 2018 following Exeter’s postponement. There were mixed results for the home favorites last year, with Michael Van Gerwen sweeping aside Peter Wright on the first night while the soon-to-be-retired Raymond Van Barneveld lost consecutive matches. Jeffrey de Zwaan made his debut at the event twelve months ago, although he was defeated 7-4 by Rob Cross.
SSE Arena – Belfast (2nd April 2020)
Northern Ireland’s biggest indoor arena is a regular venue on the tour and is likely to be packed out ahead of another top quality night of action in 2020. There were a number of memorable matches played out in Belfast twelve months ago, including a 7-7 draw between Michael Van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price. Local favorite Daryl Gurney was victorious here in 2018, although he was unable to make it consecutive victories, losing 7-4 to Rob Cross twelve months ago.
FlyDSA Arena – Sheffield (9th April 2020)
The Sheffield Arena has been a regular host of Premier League Darts since its inception in 2007. The South Yorkshire venue has been a favorite of Michael Van Gerwen, who has recorded back-to-back victories here. There were two entertaining 7-7 draws here last season, with 25 180s thrown across the course of the evening.
Manchester Arena – Manchester (16th April 2020)
The Manchester Arena is one of the biggest venues on the tour and always attracts a decent-sized crowd. Since 2008, it has regularly hosted the Premier League Darts. 2019 was a bit of disappointment, with just 19 180s thrown across the four matches and an average of just 94.71. However, in 2018 there were two memorable stalemates between Daryl Gurney and Michael Van Gerwen as well as Raymond Van Barneveld and Rob Cross.
Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin (23rd April 2020)
The Mercedes-Benz Arena first hosted Premier League Darts in 2018 and has been hugely popular with German crowds over the last couple of years. Last year, there were 35 180s across the five matches, with an out-of-form Raymond Van Barneveld hitting an unexpected 170 checkout against local favorite Max Hopp. In 2018, Scottish duo Peter Wright and Gary Anderson played out an absorbing 6-6 draw in which both players finished with an average of over 104.
Birmingham Arena – Birmingham (30th April 2020
The third-largest indoor arena in the UK will once again host the Premier League Darts and it has been a regular stop on the tour since 2007. Last year, the West Midlands venue hosted week 12 of the competition, with three of the four matches ending 7-7. Daryl Gurney was the only player to leave with maximum points in 2019. The Northern Irishman has always had a decent record at this venue having hit a 167 checkout in 2018 as well as firing in the highest number of 180s (6).
SSE Hydro – Glasgow (7th May 2020)
The tour returns to Scotland at the beginning of May, and another lively night of action is expected. It has been a regular venue on the tour, with both Gary Anderson and Peter Wright enjoying plenty of success in front of the partisan crowd. There were 29 180s thrown at last year’s event, with Daryl Gurney clocking the highest checkout of 121.
First Direct Arena – Leeds (14th May 2020)
The West Yorkshire venue first hosted the Premier League darts in 2014 and has continued its tenure ever since. It is always one of the best-attended nights on the tour, and another raucous evening is expected in 2020. There were a plethora of competitive games twelve months ago, with James Wade’s narrow victory over Rob Cross the standout result of the night. In 2016, Robert Thornton was defeated 7-0 by Dave Chisnall, one of the rare occasions in which a player has failed to get any points on the board.
The O2 Arena – London (21st May 2020)
The play-0ffs will take place in the capital once again with the 2020 Premier League champion set to be crowned at the 02 Arena on May 21st. MVG came out on top last season with an 11-5 victory over Rob Cross. In 2018, the all-conquering Dutchman threw an impressive 16 180s and secured a highest checkout of 128.