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Darts at the Ricoh

Postby skyblueluke » Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:47 am

Darts fans are being urged to snap up their tickets to the 2008 Premier League Darts competition at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Three-times Premier League champion Phil Taylor and current World Champion Raymond van Barneveld will be among eight players battling for the Premier League Darts title over a three-month campaign and for a share of the £340,000 prize money.

The players compete from January to May over 14 successive Thursday nights, playing each other twice before the top four stars progress to the play-offs in Cardiff on May 26.

The Ricoh Arena is hosting the fourth league night of the 2008 competition, with four matches taking place on Thursday, February 21.

Around 3,000 tickets went on sale at 9am today (Tuesday, October 16) for the event in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall.

Daniel Gidney, chief executive of the Ricoh Arena, said the venue had received scores of telephone calls and emails since the date was announced last week.

"Darts is a popular sport in Coventry and Warwickshire judging by the volume of telephone calls and emails we have received," he said.

"The Ricoh is among five new venues for 2008 and the £250,000 we invested in staging and seating earlier this year has helped us to secure the Premier League Darts night.

"It is a really exciting competition and it will be great for darts fans to watch the legendary Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld on the oche in Coventry.

"The atmosphere is always electric and this is another fantastic opportunity to showcase the Ricoh Arena to a national audience since it will be screened live on Sky Sports.

"Tickets are now on sale and we have around 1,000 tickets for tiered seating and 2,000 floor seats available so I would urge anybody interested in coming along to buy their tickets now."

Tickets costing £25 for floor seats and £20 for tiered seats can be bought from Ticketmaster on 08444 121 747 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Car parking priced at £5 in car park C at the Ricoh can also be bought from Ticketmaster.

Doors will open at 6pm and the action will get underway at 7.30pm.

The first six competitors have now been confirmed, with the final two places being awarded to wildcards in early January.

The confirmed players are:

Phil Taylor - "The Power", from Stoke-on-Trent, has won 13 World Championship titles and is unbeaten over three years in Premier League Darts. Phil is the greatest player in the history of darts.

Raymond van Barneveld - "The Man"/"Barney", from Den Haag in the Netherlands, has won five World Championships and hit the only nine-dart leg in Premier League history at Bournemouth in 2006.

James Wade - "009", from Aldershot, is the Stan James World Matchplay and SkyBet World Grand Prix champion this year, and he has also hit three nine-dart legs in tournaments.

Terry Jenkins - "The Bull", from Ledbury, reached the final of the 2007 Premier League Darts, and has also been the runner-up in the World Grand Prix for the past two years as well as in the 2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic and World Matchplay.

Peter Manley - "One Dart", from Carlisle, won the 2003 Las Vegas Desert Classic and is a three-time World Championship finalist.

Adrian Lewis - "Jackpot", from Stoke-on-Trent, is regarded as one of the most exciting talents in darts, having risen to sixth in the world rankings and reached the final of the 2006 World Series of Darts, as well as making his debut in Premier League Darts in 2007.

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Postby djskyblue » Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:08 pm

an opportunity for the sales team to earn the club some money

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Postby skyblue » Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:24 pm

But does the club really make any money out of this? If we do I'm all for it, as I've lng wanted to attend a darts event. It looks a laugh.

But if we don't then I don't want to support it, I'd rather save the money for match days.
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