Saturday 18th July 2020 - Sunday 26th July 2020 - CANCELLED
Official Betfred World Matchplay Darts: VIP Tickets + Hospitality Packages.
The Professional Darts Corporation have confirmed that the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay will not take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, and will instead be played behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from July 18-26.
The PDC held extensive talks with the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the venue, host broadcaster Sky Sports and other stakeholders in an attempt to find a safe solution for the World Matchplay to be staged at the Winter Gardens.
However, with this not being possible the tournament will now - for the first time since being introduced in 1994 - be played behind closed doors, with the Marshall Arena being able to provide a protected environment to ensure the safe staging of the event.
“This is an unprecedented step for us to take and this tough decision has been made only after exhausting all possible options in a bid to stage the Betfred World Matchplay with a limited crowd in Blackpool,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.
“We thank the DCMS for their co-operation throughout the process and also the Winter Gardens and Blackpool Council, who remained committed to hosting the event throughout the process.
“Whilst this will be disappointing for the thousands of fans who had planned to watch the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay live in Blackpool, we will be offering those fans the chance to defer their tickets to 2021, when the tournament will return to its spiritual home.”
This email relates to official ‘Shanghai’ and ‘Matchplay VIP’ hospitality packages purchased through Sport and Music Ltd. If you have purchased hospitality packages through www.seetickets.com or have purchased standard tickets, please contact your point of purchase.
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A message from David Poulton, Founder and Director of Sport and Music Ltd…
‘We would like to thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. The Betfred World Matchplay is a real highlight in the darts calendar for us. There aren’t many sports that share the passion and enthusiasm of darts fans and we relish in welcoming clients to our hospitality at the Winter Gardens each year. The decision for it to take place behind closed doors comes with obvious disappointment but is one that we fully support. All hospitality packages will be refunded in full and will endeavour to complete this process as swiftly as possible. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at an event in the near future.’