PDC Premier League Darts returns to Aberdeen in 2012

One of Britain’s most popular sporting events, Premier League Darts, will be returning to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s (AECC’s) Press and Journal Arena on Thursday 16th February 2012.

The tournament, featuring the world’s top eight darts players, will visit Britain and Ireland’s leading Arenas on 15 successive Thursdays, as the likes of reigning champion
Gary Anderson and the legendary Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor do battle for the £125, 000 first prize.

The event  begins in Manchester on Thursday February 9th as the eight players compete in the first of 14 nights where they will meet twice in the league phase.

Play will then head to the AECC in Aberdeen before heading to Belfast, Exeter, Dublin,
Cardiff, Nottingham, Sheffield, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle, before the top four players head to The O2 in London on Thursday May 17th to contest the play-offs.

“The tournament takes the sport’s top players to all four corners of the UK and next year we’re  also excited to be visiting Dublin for our debut at The O2, ” said PDC Chairman  Barry Hearn.  “We welcomed a record number of fans to the event earlier this year and are looking forward to seeing the Premier League Darts grow further in 2012.”

The field of eight players will be confirmed in January following the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship, with the top four players from the PDC Order of Merit joined by
four “Wildcards”.  Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Gary Anderson currently occupy the top four places in the PDC Order of Merit,  ahead of Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld.

The likes of Wes Newton – who reached the Speedy Hire UK Open final in June,   World
Championship semi-finalist Mark Webster and Paul Nicholson –  the 2010 Players Championship Finals winner, are amongst a host of top PDC players chasing a place in the tournament next year.

“This event is always a major hit with  North East darts fans; it gives them a rare opportunity to see their favourite players up close, performing in the North East of Scotland! The demand for tickets for 2011 was huge and we expect the 2012 event to sell out quickly”, says Brian Horsburgh, AECC’s Managing Director.

Tickets for the Premier League Darts will go on Priority Sale on Monday October 3rd to
LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers, available via www2.seetickets.com/premierleaguedarts, and customers must have an active Annual Subscription to the www.livepdc.tv website at midnight on Thursday September 29th to qualify for this offer. Tickets cost £35 plus booking fee for table seats and £20 plus booking fee for tiered seating.

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Monday 10th October 2011. General sale tickets will be available from Ticketmaster on 08444 77 9000 or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.  There will be a maximum of six table seats per customer. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. No football colours permitted.

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For further information contact Sarah Robertson, PR & Marketing Executive at AECC on (01224) 330430; email: srobertson@aecc.co.uk

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