The World Cup of Darts is one of three celebrated new tournaments that the Professional Darts Corporation incorporated into their European calendar four years ago. The inaugural event was held in 2010 in England at the Rainton Meadows Arena where Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompé picked up the championship. Subsequently, in the 2 years that followed, the event was moved to Hamburg, Germany at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle and in both those years, Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis from England laid claim to the title and will be on hand this year to defend it.
The 3 day event again returns to Hamburg’s Sporthalle and 24 countries are expected to participate in the tournament in early June from Friday the 6th until Sunday the 8th, and it will be broadcast live by Sky Sports HD. The Alsterdorfer Sporthalle was constructed in 1968 and can easily accommodate about 7,000 attendees to set the stage for a lively event for spectators. The venue has been quite popular for fans in the past and has been one of the contributing factors to the great success of the World Cup of Darts.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn believes that the move to June is a wise decision with an overall view of the sporting world and the high demand of the Hamburg venue as it will precede a football event in the summer of 2014 and bring a variety of international sport to fans in the area.
The 24 nations participating are selected from the top countries in the PDC Order of Merit so the best players will again be in attendance. In previous years, semi-finalists included participants from Belgium, Wales and Australia respectively since 2010.
The PDC is still finalizing its complete calendar for 2014 and will be making the relevant announcements as they become available. Ticket sales have already begun for some events including this World Cup of Darts, the European Championship and the 2014 PDC European Tour. The European Tour will consist of 8 separate events this season to be hosted in Gibraltar at the Tercentenary Sports Centre from June 27th -29th , at the Salburgarena in Salzburg, Austria from June 20th – 22nd and in Holland with other events to be held in Germany at Sindelfingen’s Glaspalast from September 5th – 7th , in Berlin at the Maritim Hotel from April 19th – 21st , at Dusseldorf’s Maritim Hotel from July 11th – 13th , in Hildesheim, in Leipzig at the Kohlrabizirkus from September 19th – 21st and in Mulheim, October 23rd – 26th at the RWE Arena. Tickets are on sale for each of these events with the exception of Gibraltar which is expected to follow shortly.
The tickets will include access to individual session, full-day tickets and “Early Access” tickets, which will provide the ticket holder an early admission of up to 15 minutes ahead to take advantage of being ahead of the general admission. Get your tickets early to ensure availability and to take advantage of accommodations close to the venue if possible. All