Darts fans have been urged not to make any arrangements for this year’s World Grand Prix amid doubts over the venue of the tournament.
After two years away due to the pandemic, one of the sport’s major events is due to return to its longtime home at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel from October 2-8. The site hosted the World Grand Prix from 2001 to 2019.
Tickets were due to go on sale for this year’s event on April 28, but the PDC said sales were delayed after it was “unable to obtain assurances that Citywest will be available to host the event at scheduled dates”.
A statement released by the PDC read: “The launch of ticket sales for the 2022 BoyleSports World Grand Prix has been delayed. The famous double-start World Grand Prix will be held from October 2-8, as 32 players will compete for the prestigious title – which was won in 2021 by Jonny Clayton.
“The tournament was due to return to the Citywest Convention Center in Dublin in October, and ticket sales were originally scheduled to start from Thursday 28 April. However, the PDC have been unable to obtain any assurances that Citywest will be available to host the event on the scheduled dates. The PDC remains in regular dialogue with Citywest at this time and the launch of ticket sales has been delayed until further notice.
“The PDC will make further announcements in due course and advise fans against making any travel or accommodation arrangements until they have been able to purchase tickets to the event.”
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In 2020, the event took place behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Last year the Grand Prix was held at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, with Clayton beating fellow Welshman Gerwyn Price – the 2020 winner – in the final.
Darts fans reacted to the news, with Carl Franklin urging the PDC to “bring it back to the @LeicesterArena. We had a great time there last year!”, while @philipbryant180 agreed, tweeting: “Take it back to Leicester.”
@JDCdartsIreland called on the PDC to find another location in Ireland, saying: “I wouldn’t bother waiting for them…awful place with 0 atmosphere…find another place in Ireland.”