World Grand Prix Darts moved from Dublin to Leicester’s Morningside Arena for 2021 | Darts News

Leicester’s Morningside Arena will be the venue for the 2021 World Grand Prix, with the traditional home of the tournament in Citywest, Dublin not available. PDC chief executive Matthew Porter has announced plans to return to Ireland in 2022.

Last updated: 05/07/21 13:41

Gerwyn Price will look to defend her title

Gerwyn Price will look to defend her title

The World Grand Prix has been moved to Leicester’s Morningside Arena for 2021.

The 24th edition of the double-start tournament will see 32 of the world’s best players compete over seven days, 3-9 October for £ 450,000 in cash prizes.

Gerwyn Price will look to defend her title, with five-time winner Michael van Gerwen and world number 2 Peter Wright leading the pack.

For a second year in a row, the tournament will take place away from its traditional home, the Citywest Convention Center in Dublin, which is currently used by health services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The PDC plans to return to Ireland with the competition in 2022.

The World Grand Prix was played behind closed doors at Ricoh Arena in Coventry in 2020, but is now slated for fans to return to Morningside Arena, which previously hosted the Champions Darts League in 2019.

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“We are delighted to have chosen Morningside Arena to host the BoyleSports World Grand Prix this year,” said Matthew Porter, CEO of PDC.

“The venue was a hit with fans and players when it hosted the Champions League Darts in 2019 and we would like to thank them for their cooperation in securing a new home for one of our most prestigious events in 2021.

“The BoyleSports World Grand Prix continues to be one of the highlights of the PDC calendar, with the unique double-start format providing a stimulating element for competitors and additional drama for viewers.

“The Citywest Convention Center is still part of our plans for 2022 and beyond, and we thank them for their continued support and communication. “

Dirk van Duijvenbode made a breakthrough to last year's tournament final

Dirk van Duijvenbode made a breakthrough to last year’s tournament final

The first round will take place over two nights on October 3 and 4, with the second round taking place on October 5 and 6. The quarter-finals will take place on Thursday October 7, before the semi-finals on Friday October 8 and the final on Saturday October 9.

The tournament will be live on Air sports.

BoyleSports World Grand Prix 2021

Sunday October 3 (1900 BST)
8x first round

Monday October 4 (1900 BST)
8x first round

Tuesday, October 5 (1900 BST)
4x second round

Wednesday October 6 (1900 BST)
4x second round

Thursday October 7 (1900 BST)

Friday October 8 (1900 BST)
Semi finals

Saturday October 9 (1900 BST)

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