World Grand Prix to move away from Citywest Hotel due to Ireland’s health service holding lease
The 2020 World Grand Prix will not take place at the Citywest Hotel this year due to Ireland’s health service holding the lease until the backend of October.
The prestigious tournament has been held annually at the Citywest Hotel in the outskirts of Dublin since 2000, having relocated north from the seaside village of Rosslare.
It will now be on the move once again, with the Health Service Executive (HSE) utilising the hotel and conference centre as an isolation unit in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The HSE licence agreement, in respect of both the Citywest Hotel and convention centre runs to 22 October 2020 and as such the HSE will be in occupation during the period 4-10 October,” the HSE told RTÉ Sport.
PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter added: “We are aware of the situation at the Citywest in relation to our planned dates for the 2020 BoyleSports World Grand Prix.
“We are currently working with the relevant parties with a view to retaining the event’s October dates at a new venue, and details will be confirmed in due course once finalised.”
The entrance to the Citywest Hotel in Dublin
It is expected that the tournament will relocate to British territory due to the current travelling regulations in place between the UK and Ireland.
Milton Keynes has emerged as the ‘home of professional darts’ since the restart, although its Marshall Arena is hosting snooker’s Championship League on the scheduled World Grand Prix dates.
The Marshall Arena, which has on-site accommodation and restaurants, has proved ideal in providing a ‘bubble’ environment, with the PDC in need of a similar venue in early October.
Irrespective of its location, Michael van Gerwen will defend his crown after overcoming Dave Chisnall to claim a fifth World Grand Prix title in the final last year.
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