BWIN GRAND SLAM OF DARTS REMAINS IN WOLVERHAMPTON
THE bwin Grand Slam of Darts will remain in Wolverhampton following confirmation that the PDC tournament will be held at the Aldersley Leisure Village in November 2018.
The Grand Slam of Darts has traditionally been held at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall since the tournament’s introduction in 2007, with the nine-day event attracting thousands of fans.
However, the Wolves Civic has been closed for a £38 million refurbishment since last year’s tournament, which was won by Michael van Gerwen as he defeated Peter Wright in the final.
Following discussions between The City of Wolverhampton Council and the PDC, it can now be confirmed that the event will stay in the area, with the Aldersley Leisure Village to host the tournament from November 10-18 2018.
“The bwin Grand Slam of Darts is synonymous with being held in Wolverhampton, and though the Wolves Civic is currently closed it’s great that we can keep the tournament within the city,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.
“We’ve received great support from fans in the West Midlands and the City of Wolverhampton Council over the past decade, and I’m sure that the Aldersley Leisure Village will prove a popular new home for the event this year.”
Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “It is great news that we have been able to keep this key event in the city.
“The darts puts the city on map, is watched by millions of people across the globe, attracts thousands of visitors to the city and brings in thousands of pounds.
“Following the announcement about the Civic Halls, many people told us it would be a disaster to lose these events from the city. We have listened, secured their future, and with it further investment.
“We’re also engaging with local councillors and residents to ensure the events runs as smoothly as possible and any disruption, mainly traffic related, is kept to an absolute minimum.”
Tickets for the 2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts will go on sale in due course, with full information to be confirmed at www.pdc.tv/tickets once available.