Elite level darts will be brought from the living rooms of the PDC pros to fans worldwide through live video calls this Friday, with players set to make history as part of the sport’s first ever home-staged event.
Darts fans will be able to watch the world’s best players across 32 consecutive nights of live darts action as the PDC continue to make the best of their initiative during the on-going Covid-19 crisis.
Inspired by the success of PDC’s ‘Darts at Home’ streams – which saw nine PDC players compete live on the PDC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel – all Tour Card Holders have been given the opportunity to take part in the PDC Home Tour, which will see four players in action every night.
A nightly league format will see all four competitors play each other once in matches played over the best of nine legs, with a winner crowned each night.
Following the conclusion of the initial 32 nights of league phase action, the 32 group winners will advance to the second phase of the competition.
With each night’s action commencing at 19:30 BST, darts commentator Dan Dawson will be on hand to talk through proceedings, which will also include live score graphics on screen.
The 16 players who will compete across the first four nights of PDC Home Tour were announced by the PDC’s official website and social media channels on Wednesday and can be found below.
Group One - Friday April 17 Peter Wright v Peter Jacques, Jamie Lewis v Niels Zonneveld, Peter Jacques v Niels Zonneveld, Peter Wright v Jamie Lewis, Jamie Lewis v Peter Jacques, Niels Zonneveld v Peter Wright
Group Two - Saturday April 18 Gerwyn Price v Rowby-John Rodriguez, Luke Woodhouse v Ted Evetts, Rowby-John Rodriguez v Ted Evetts, Gerwyn Price v Luke Woodhouse, Luke Woodhouse v Rowby-John Rodriguez, Ted Evetts v Gerwyn Price
Group Three - Sunday April 19 Dave Chisnall v Scott Waites, Jan Dekker v Jonathan Worsley, Scott Waites v Jonathan Worsley, Dave Chisnall v Jan Dekker, Jan Dekker v Scott Waites, Jonathan Worsley v Dave Chisnall
Group Four - Monday April 20 Ross Smith v Lisa Ashton, Mickey Mansell v Geert Nentjes, Lisa Ashton v Geert Nentjes, Ross Smith v Mickey Mansell, Mickey Mansell v Lisa Ashton, Geert Nentjes v Ross Smith
All PDC Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for free to all registered PDCTV users.
The action will also be shown live through a number of the best bookmakers' websites.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said a lot of planning has gone into the event in a bid to bring some joy to an otherwise downtrodden period.
He said: “Firstly, I would like to thank all our incredible NHS staff who continue to save lives in the most difficult circumstances, we all owe an immense amount of gratitude to our key workers.
“It gives me great excitement that we are able to deliver live darts to fans in these unprecedented times.
“We’ve spent the last few weeks planning and looking at what is possible, and I’m delighted to be able to present a concept which gives all Tour Card Holders the opportunity to take part.
“The PDC Home Tour will provide a regular supply of live sport to fans, and to darts betting sites, showcasing the talent and unique characters of our players to both existing and new audiences.
“The event will also give players a chance to play competitive darts in this down period in preparation for the return to normal action, whenever that may be.”