There will be over 150 days of darts taking place on the PDC circuit next year – including a first European Tour visit to Hungary, after the 2020 Professional Darts Corporation calendar was confirmed on Monday.
Qualifying School will kick off another exciting year from January 16-19, with simultaneous events taking place in the UK and Germany as players bid to secure coveted spots on the PDC Pro Tour.
The season-opening Masters in Milton Keynes from January 31-February 2 sees the world’s top 16 face off in the year’s first televised event, following the conclusion of the World Championship on New Year’s Day.
The 2020 Premier League season then begins on Thursday February 6 at the new P&J Live arena in Aberdeen, which kicks off the 17-night tour of the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany.
For the third consecutive year there will be a double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy, including Judgement Night on March 26. The remaining eight players will be left to fight it out for a play-off spot, with the semi-finals and final taking place on a bumper evening on Thursday May 21 at London’s O2.
The 30 Players Championship events to be held in 2020 will begin with three double-headers during February ahead of the UK Open, which will take place from March 6-8 at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort, as Nathan Aspinall bids to defend his title.
The European Tour features 12 events in 2020 and the roadshow begins in Sindelfingen and Leverkusen. The PDC will visit Hungary for the first time as Budapest plays host to a tournament from May 8-10, while Dutch city Leeuwarden holds its first European Tour event from September 11-13.
The venue for the 12th European Tour event will be confirmed in due course, as both Prague and Copenhagen remain potential future venues after successfully staging European Tour events in 2019.
Gary Anderson and Peter Wright will defend their World Cup of Darts crown in Hamburg from June 18-21, before Rob Cross’ World Matchplay title defence kicks off at the iconic Winter Gardens on July 18.
The Champions League of Darts and World Series Finals will both move forwards in the calendar to September, which precedes October’s World Grand Prix at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
The European Championship returns to Dortmund from October 29-November 1, with the Grand Slam of Darts taking place from November 14-22 in Wolverhampton.
The Players Championship Finals at Minehead will then be held from November 27-29, with the dates for the 2020/2021 William Hill World Darts Championship set to be confirmed during 2020.
Details for the 2020 World Series of Darts will be confirmed in due course for the international events to be held throughout the year around the globe. The PDC visited America, Germany, Australia and New Zealand during 2019, having previously held events in Dubai, China and Singapore.
“We’ve enjoyed some remarkable growth in recent years and 2020 will be another exciting year on the PDC circuit,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn. “As always, the year begins with Qualifying School and this really is the land of opportunity for ambitious darts players.
“It’s encouraging to see another new country, Hungary, joining the European Tour circuit alongside new destinations within Germany and the Netherlands, and the 30 Players Championship events will form the backbone of the Pro Tour in giving all players their chance to qualify for our televised tournaments.
“In addition, we will continue to support our affiliated tours worldwide as the sport maintains its incredible worldwide growth, while we also look ahead with excitement to the 2020 World Series of Darts.”
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