Further Information Released On New Lakeside Tournament
The organisers of the upcoming 2020 tournament announced for Lakeside have released further information regarding yesterday’s announcement.
The press release read as follows:
We are pleased to announce a new week long World Darts Event at Lakeside, the home of World Darts, currently planned for Easter with tickets to go on sale by the end of November.
Lakeside and Bob Potter has been a friend and by far the biggest financial contributor to darts, outside the PDC, for 33 years and we are as passionate and committed to the game as anyone. In fact the BDO were still in discussions with us to hold the World Championships at Lakeside until just before the new O2 venue was announced in early August.
However, our relationship started with Olly and has always been a partnership of friends and the conversations with the new people from the BDO did not recognise this. So whilst still talking to the BDO we had also been working with other people who had a broader vision and we had agreed to potentially sponsor and support a series of events to help everyone and try to remove the politics and siloed positions we have seen hold back world darts.
Following the O2 announcement we decided to hold fire on our support to see what happened with the BDO event. After 2 months with no confirmation there was going to be an event and no tickets being put on sale we decided, with our new partners, to announce an event in January to ensure there would definitely be a Championship this Xmas.
Now that the tickets have gone on sale and there is definitely going to be an event we do not wish to compete with or damage the BDO after 4 decades of being their biggest supporter. However, based on the feedback following our previous announcement and the exciting possibilities presented by our new partners we have decided to announce a new event next year which will hopefully be just the start of a new broader support of Darts.
We and our partners are putting on a totally agnostic event which will features the top players from all bodies and codes worldwide (not including PDC tour card holders) who will compete for over £200,000 in Prize money.
So we look forward to supporting a new exciting phase for darts, continuing to be its biggest partner and remaining the Home of World Darts.
Obviously the format and the personnel are still to be determined, but the tournament represents an exciting new addition, and one that could certainly divide the darting landscape once again.