Premier League fans return after 438-day wait

By Phil Lanning

THE PDC have announced that a live crowd will return to the Unibet Premier League after a night 438-day wait.

Chief Executive Matt Porter believes that players will “rise to the occasion” after revealing fans will be allowed for the last block of matches on May 24 to 28.

Scots Gary Anderson and Peter Wright will feature on those nights as they bid to reach the final four of the tournament.

The last live crowd in the Premier League was in Liverpool on March 12, 2020, since then only a small amount of fans were permitted on the opening night of the World Championship back in mid-December. 

PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter said: “We’re delighted that we’ll be able to welcome back crowds for the culmination of the Unibet Premier League at the end of May for what should be five great nights of action.

“It feels like such a long time since we last had a live crowd in December at the start of the World Championship, but we’ve continued to work with the relevant authorities regarding the safe return of fans to PDC tournaments at the appropriate time.

“The Premier League is an event which thrives on the support from live crowds, and our players will undoubtedly rise to the occasion of having fans back next month.”

Tickets will go on sale next week as Step 3 of the UK Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown from May 17 onwards is set to allow sporting events in indoor venues of up to 1,000 fans.

This means that the final five nights of the Premier League from May 24-28 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes will be able to welcome a crowd – ending almost six months of behind-closed-doors action.

The fourth block of the Premier League season will begin on Monday May 24, with Night 13 seeing the race for Play-Off places intensify with the first of four league nights.

The top four players following Night 16 on Thursday May 27 then progress to the Play-Offs on Friday May 28, which will feature the semi-finals and final in a dramatic conclusion to the season – with a £250,000 top prize on offer!

Tickets will go on Priority Sale to PDCTV Annual Subscribers* from 1200 BST on Wednesday May 5 and on General Sale from 1200 BST on Thursday May 6, with bookings of up to six people per transaction permitted (full T&Cs below).

A Covid-secure environment at the Marshall Arena will include socially-distanced tables, a requirement for face coverings to be worn, table service for food & beverage, one-way walking routes and pre-entry screening.

Tickets will be priced at £30 per person for May 24-26, £35 per person for May 27 and £40 per person for the Play-Offs on May 28.

2021 Unibet Premier League

Night 13 – Monday May 24

Tickets: £30 per person

Night 14 – Tuesday May 25

Tickets: £30 per person

Night 15 – Wednesday May 26

Tickets: £30 per person

Night 16 – Thursday May 27

Tickets: £35 per person

Play-Offs – Friday May 28

Tickets: £40 per person

* The Priority Sales period will be open to fans with an active PDCTV Annual Subscription before 1200 BST on Friday April 30.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are limited to up to six per transaction. All names are to be provided at time of purchase. One group must be a maximum of two households OR a maximum of six people.

Ticket prices do not include any booking or transaction fees.

Tickets will be available only through the SeeTickets Box Office.

The following procedures will be in place

– All ticket holders must provide names and contact details for NHS Test & Trace purposes

– All ticket holders must complete online health screening questionnaire on day of attendance

– All ticket holders must scan in via NHS QR code on their smartphones (alternative available for customers without smartphones)

– All ticket holders must consent to temperature check on entry

– On entry, all ticket holders must proceed directly to their seat and only leave to use the toilet, smoking area or leave the event (no readmission). Face coverings will be required to be worn at all times other than when seated.

– All food and beverage service will be directly to tables

– You may be on a shared table with other parties

– Fancy dress is permitted (within standard PDC guidelines) but you must be able to wear an acceptable face covering to cover your mouth and nose when leaving your table or moving around the venue

– In the event that government restrictions prohibit a live crowd, full refunds will be provided to affected customers

Information correct as of April 30 2021, and will be updated as necessary.

Images by Taylor Lanning.