Unibet Premier League Play-Offs boost as tickets sell out

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Unibet Premier League Play-Offs boost as tickets sell out

Tickets for the 2021 Unibet Premier League Play-Offs sold out on the first day of General Sale ahead of the return of crowds to PDC events later this month.

Fans will be able to attend events for the first time in 2021 for the final five nights of the Premier League from May 24-28 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

The last four league nights of the season will be followed by the Play-Offs on Friday May 28 - which will be held in front of a sell-out crowd following high demand after tickets went on General Sale on Thursday.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Thursday evening, PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter said: "We can't wait - it's the best news we've had for 15-16 months.

"To put tickets on sale and we've sold out of Friday, the final night, already and Thursday's getting on its way, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we're going to have a great crowd in as well.

"Everybody's been lifted by what's happening and it really feels like we're on our way out of things.

"There will be, of course, Government guidelines that we'll be following and the venue will be Covid safe.

"The Marshall Arena have excellent staff and we'll be working very closely with them to make sure that everything's put on in a safe and controlled manner to ensure that people can come and enjoy their evening and also feel reassured that they're not at any risk."

News of fans being able to return to events has also been met with an excited response from the remaining eight Premier League stars, and Porter added: "The guys backstage are buzzing. They cannot wait to get out there and play in front of a crowd again.

"They're excited and for those eight players to know that the next time they come back to Milton Keynes there's going to be people there watching them ply their trade is something that they've been really excited to get to that point so it's great news."

Betfred World Matchplay (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Following the conclusion of the Premier League, focus will move to July's Betfred World Matchplay in Blackpool - with anticipation high for a capacity crowd at the Winter Gardens.

"So far the information we have is that if that June 21 deadline with the lifting of all social restrictions is met, then we will be at the Winter Gardens in the middle of July with no limits whatsoever," said Porter.

"That's great because we've got thousands of ticket holders from last year and we hope that they'll be joined by thousands more people all coming to remind themselves what a great night they can have at the darts."

The Covid-19 pandemic has proven a huge test for the PDC since March 2020, but Porter praised the response which has enabled tournaments to continue mainly behind closed doors during that time.

"I've been doing this for the best part of 20 years and it's without doubt the biggest challenge that myself and probably anybody in a similar position would have faced during that period," admitted Porter.

"It's unprecedented, it was unknown, we didn't know when we might be able to come out of it and we didn't know how we'd come out of it.

"It has been a challenge but the way that everybody's responded - the staff, our partners, the players especially - is something we can be very proud of."

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