The biggest names in the darting world are coming to Coventry next month after a late switch in venue.
Dublin’s Citywest Convention Centre was due to host the BoyleSports World Grand Prix for the 20th time. However due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic this was not possible.
Instead, it will now take place at the Ricoh Arena from October 6-12. The venue which has previously hosted the Premier League events as well as a number of PDC ProTour weekends.
It will follow the World Matchplay and Premier League in being staged behind closed doors.
Dutchman Michael van Gerwen enters the event as the reigning champion after a fifth success in 2019. He will face stiff competition from the likes of Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price.
Ricoh Arena Commercial Venue Director Paul Michael said: “We are really excited and honoured to be able to host the 2020 BoyleSports World Grand Prix behind closed doors.
“This event will strengthen our relationship with the PDC, and demonstrate the diversity of the venue and its ambition to encourage more elite sports to Coventry.”
Play will commence with the first round split across two nights on October 6-7, with the second round taking place on October 8-9.
The quarter-finals will be held on Saturday October 10, with the semi-finals on Sunday October 11 and the final on Monday October 12.
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“The BoyleSports World Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the PDC calendar and whilst we’re disappointed we will not be at the Citywest Convention Centre in 2020, we can now look forward to an exciting and entertaining event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.
“We saw an outstanding standard of play at the recent World Matchplay and are sure that will continue in the World Grand Prix, which remains a challenging and unique event due to the double-start format.
“The Citywest Convention Centre remains part of our plans for 2021 and beyond and we thank them for their support in exploring all options for the event to have taken place in Dublin this year.”
Coverage will be shown on Sky Sports, as well as through the PDC’s international broadcast partners including RTL7 and DAZN and for PDCTV Rest of the World Subscribers.