Dublin debut for PL
Premier League Darts will visit Dublin for the first time after the PDC confirmed the 15 venues for next year.
Last Updated: 24/11/11 1:17pm
Premier League Darts will visit Dublin for the first time after the PDC confirmed the 15 venues that will host next year's tournament.
Britain's biggest indoor sporting event, featuring the world's top eight darts players, returns from February-May 2012 and will visit 15 of the UK and Ireland's biggest arenas on successive Thursdays.
The Premier League will kick off in Manchester on Thursday February 9 as the eight players compete in the first of 14 nights where they will meet twice in the league phase.
Play will then head to the AECC in Aberdeen for night two and across the Irish Sea to Belfast for the third league night at the Odyssey Arena, before returning to England at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter and The Brighton Centre on the first two Thursdays in March.
Premier League Darts will visit Dublin for the first time on Thursday March 22 as the league phase reaches its halfway point.
The Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff will host the eighth league night, with Nottingham's Capital FM Arena, Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena and the BIC in Bournemouth hosting further events.
The Echo Arena, Liverpool, Birmingham's NIA and the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle will stage the remaining league nights, before the top four players head to The O2 in London on Thursday May 17 to contest the Play-Offs.
"The tournament takes the sport's top players to all four corners of the UK and next year we're also excited to be visiting Dublin for our debut at The O2," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.
"We welcomed a record number of fans to the event earlier this year and are looking forward to seeing the Premier League Darts grow further in 2012."
The field of eight players will be confirmed in January following the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship, with the top four players from the PDC Order of Merit joined by four Wildcards.
Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Gary Anderson currently occupy the top four places in the PDC Order of Merit, ahead of Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld.
The likes of Wes Newton - who reached the Speedy Hire UK Open final in June - World Championship semi-finalist Mark Webster and Paul Nicholson, the 2010 Players Championship Finals winner, are amongst a host of top PDC players chasing a place in the tournament next year.
Tickets for the Premier League Darts will go on priority sale on Monday October 3 and on general sale on Monday October 10.
Tickets for all venues in the Priority Sales Period will be available via www.seetickets.com/premierleaguedarts.
2012 Premier League Darts
Thurs Feb 9 MEN Arena, Manchester
Thurs Feb 16 AECC, Aberdeen
Thurs Feb 23 Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Thurs Mar 1 Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Thurs Mar 8 The Brighton Centre
Thurs Mar 15 SECC, Glasgow
Thurs Mar 22 The O2, Dublin
Thurs Mar 29 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Thurs Apr 5 Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Thurs Apr 12 Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Thurs Apr 19 BIC, Bournemouth
Thurs Apr 26 Echo Arena, Liverpool
Thurs May 3 NIA, Birmingham
Thurs May 10 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Thurs May 17 The O2, London