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Gerwyn Price will defend his title of world champion in front of a packed house at Alexandra Palace; this year’s showpiece begins on Wednesday 15 December, as 96 players compete for the £ 500,000 top prize

Last updated: 07/21/21 19:12

PDC have confirmed this year’s World Championship will be held in front of a large crowd at Alexandra Palace

The PDC has confirmed that Alexandra Palace will once again host a large crowd for the 2021/22 World Darts Championship, which begins on December 15.

Last year’s tournament was mostly played behind closed doors, with a reduced number of fans in attendance for opening night before coronavirus restrictions saw the rest of the event take place behind closed doors.

Nonetheless, more than 3,000 fans will be able to attend the 28 sessions of the sport’s biggest showpiece, which will see world number 1 Gerwyn Price attempt to keep the Sid Waddell Trophy.

World Darts Championship: PDC Confirms Crowds Will Return to Alexandra Palace Later This Year |  Darts News

Gerwyn Price defeated Gary Anderson to claim World Championship glory in January

The festive darts party begins on Wednesday 15 December and continues through to the final on Wednesday 3 January, with 96 players from around the world competing for £ 2.5million in prizes.

The nine days of action before the Christmas holidays will see the tournament reduced to 32 players, with the third and fourth rounds being played over four days between Christmas and New Years from December 27-30.

The quarter-finals are held on New Years Day, the semi-finals on January 2, before the champion is crowned on January 3.

Major events in the sport took place in empty arenas for a 14-month period from March 2020, although the final stages of this year’s Premier League marked the return of fans, with around 1,000 spectators to see Jonny Clayton win the title on his debut at Milton. Keynes.

However, World Matchplay has hosted the biggest dart crowd since the lockdown began, after 2,000 fans filled the iconic Winter Gardens from Monday evening, following the lifting of restrictions in the UK.

Watch World Matchplay from the iconic Winter Gardens through Sunday July 25. Check out daily darts news at skysports.com/darts, our mobile app and Twitter account @skysportsdarts

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