Dart fans return for the final week of the 2021 Premier League

 

Dart Fans Return to the Premier League

Dart fans were delighted to be informed they can attend the 2021 Premier League Final week of play, May 24-28.

It has been over a year since COVID-19 put pay to fans attending indoor sports events. Still, as the UK vaccination programme continues to roll out at speed, the hope of returning to some form of normality now seems clearly on the horizon.

The 2020/21 World Darts final was also played behind closed doors. Some players say having fans at the large events can be the difference between winning or losing as many thrive on the atmosphere the crowds bring. Fans are an essential part of the large event, filling stadiums across the UK and Europe. However, it is still likely to be sometime before Europe opens its doors fully to spectators.

Still, all fans can place a bet on upcoming events, so look at the darts schedule today to find out the latest odds.

Although there is still likely to be a tight restriction at the Premier League Final, it is likely to be a welcome return for all concerned, and this will pave the way to the other majors on the PDC calendar.

 

The World Matchplay

The World Matchplay held at the famous Winter Gardens, Blackpool will be delighted with the news that fans should now get a green light to attend the venue later this year.

The players form may also change. Defending Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, and Gerwyn Price all tend to perform at their optimum in front of a crowd. Dancing Dimitri is one of the few young dart stars that could be lifting more trophies during 2021.

Reigning World Champion Gerwyn Price missed out on the Premier League after testing positive for COVID on the eve player was due to commence. Gerwyn then decided not to attend the Super Series 3, Players Championship 9-12 in Germany for fear of again catching the virus. Gerwyn said he has set his sights high and wanted to be COVID free for the next major. But like a few others, Gerwyn opted not to travel to Europe while the spread of COVID is still very high. But not attending has proved more costly to some than others.

Fans will be able to watch the final week of the Premier League, and tickets are on sale now but are likely to sell out fast.

Some restrictions will still be in place, and expect to have to wear a face mask and have a temperature check before you are allowed into the venue. Full details of the rules and procedures can be found on the PDC Website.

 

Who will be crowned the 2021 Premier League Champion?

With defending Champions Glen Durrant out at the first hurdle, winning none of his first nine rounds, a new name could likely be featuring on the Premier League trophy this year. The second round-robin phase started on May 5, with only the top four progressing to the play-off finals.

A cool £250,000 goes to the winner, although this is a non-ranking event, so it won’t count to the player’s Order of Merit.

 

PDC Premier League Past Winners

Year Winner Score   Score Runner-up
2020 Glen Durrant
11
-
8
Nathan Aspinall
2019 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 5 Rob Cross
2018 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 4 Michael Smith
2017 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
10
Peter Wright
2016 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
3
Phil Taylor
2015 Gary Anderson
11
-
7
Michael van Gerwen
2014 Raymond van Barneveld
10
-
6
Michael van Gerwen
2013 Michael van Gerwen
10
-
8
Phil Taylor
2012 Phil Taylor
10
-
7
Simon Whitlock
2011 Gary Anderson
10
-
4
Adrian Lewis
2010 Phil Taylor
10
-
8
James Wade
2009 James Wade
13
-
8
Mervyn King
2008 Phil Taylor
16
-
8
James Wade
2007 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Terry Jenkins
2006 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Roland Scholten
2005 Phil Taylor
16
-
4
Colin Lloyd

The Premier League final best of legs has changed over the years:
2005 - 2008 best of 31 legs
2009 - best of 25 legs
2010 - 2014 best of 19 legs
2015 - Current best of 21 legs

 

Players Championships

The PDC Players Championship continues in the form of a further two Super Series events In June and July. The grouped events have been designed to keep the players safe and will continue behind closed doors. However, the play-off finals could be the next to announce a return for spectators.

The Snooker World Final, played at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, was the first to welcome the return of fans. This event, like several others, will be monitored to see if it is safe to open more venues under safety conditions.

 

More Darts

The PDC has managed to hold darts events behind closed doors. They started with home tour events in early 2020. But all hope know the UK can get back to some form of normality over the next few months, and fans can once again attend live sports events without fear.

The PDC are likely to add more advents to their darts schedule as restrictions are lifted. However, the World Series is still very much in doubt and may be rescheduled for later dates or not form part of the 2021 lineup of events. However, the World Darts Championships could again welcome international fans to the Alexandra Palace venue.

PDC Dart events can be viewed on Sky TV, ITV4, RTL7, DAZN, PDC TV and various other channels across the world.