Behind the scenes at Premier League Darts with Sky Sports News Radio

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 31/03/14 12:21pm

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As darts continues to flourish, we decided to go behind the scenes at the Premier League, and what better night to do it than on a record night for the sport in Leeds.

Darts is now big business, and none more so than on a recent stop of the growing sporting giant that is the Betway Premier League that rolled into Leeds' new First Direct Arena.

A post-war darting attendance of around 11,000 showed just what a star attraction a night at the arrows now is, and it's far from a one-off with packed-out arenas around the UK and Ireland playing host to 16 weeks of darts this season.

To sample some of the sounds from the darts we went behind the scenes in Leeds to get the thoughts of some of the main men and women who make the darts just what it is.

Rod Harrington

"It's been an incredible journey and a story that's become a blockbuster to be quite honest, from when we started way back in 1993 and all the trouble to where we are now in the Premier League.

"I think what the Premier League is bringing in is punters who are not just dart fans, they're coming out for a good night. They see it on Sky Sports and think everyone's having a great time and I want a piece of it.


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"It's exciting for me to have been in from the beginning."

Rod Studd

"Wherever the darts is in these big arenas it's always a fantastic night. We find out earlier on in the day which games we're doing out of the five, usually two or three games then we just prepping up on statistics to try and sound like we know what we're talking about!"

Adrian Lewis

"Leeds was quite daunting to be honest - I should've had a look in the arena really - I didn't have a look and when I walked out there and I was absolutely gobsmacked

"You walk out on that stage and you get nervous, of course you do, and that's why I missed a few doubles - I was looking around and I thought 'Jesus!' - I said to Dave Clark how far it's come since I first started playing in 2004-2005 it's unbelievable."

Barry Hearn

"It's unbelievable how far this game has developed over the last ten years and it's amazing to get a world record crowd, a post-war record with 11,000 fans in Leeds.

"I just think it's the best night out, it's a mixture of entertainment coupled with world class sport in action. You're here for the atmosphere and the crowd as much as the players - Sky's coverage is brilliant showing the crowd enjoying themselves, some of the costumes out there are just wild!"

Walk-on girls Hazel O'Sullivan and Jess Impiazzi

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"It's a huge crowd tonight, the venue is quite new and it's the biggest crowd we've had around 11,000 people so obviously the atmosphere was amazing and it's just good fun all round.

"When this amount of people turn out it's always going to be a good night. We've had lots of people ask for pictures and come backstage to meet us so it's been great fun."

The Premier League darts reaches 'Judgement Night' on Thursday when two players will be relegated, watch the action from Cardiff live on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm.

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