Eddie Hearn has revealed that he is confident the World Darts Championship will go ahead with fans despite fears of new Covid restrictions being implemented by the Government.
Last year’s event went ahead with just one night hosting the famous Alexander Palace crowd, before Government restrictions ensured the rest of the tournament was played behind closed doors.
However this year is set to see the return of the fancy dress faithful in full after over 80,000 tickets were sold, as the three-week event kicks off today.
Whilst bumper crowds are expected throughout, there are concerns that these could soon well be restricted as worries grow about the rapidly spreading Covid variant Omicron.
Despite this Hearn has confirmed the PDC will do whatever it takes to ensure fans can watch the action unfold from the Ally Pally.
He said: “If anything happens, firstly we will cry a little bit – and then we will lick our wounds and go to work.
“We are all used to it now as a business. We will always adhere to the government rules.
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“We will make sure it’s a safe, friendly environment for our customers and we will adapt if needed to under any rule change.
“If we have to adapt in the circumstances – whether that is distancing, implementing masks in the venue or reducing the crowds – we have the expertise to do all of that.”
Chairman Hearn also confirmed that the notorious fancy dress would be making a return and is ‘on the agenda’.
“It would be a real shame because we missed it last year and it is back in full this year. Fancy dress is on the agenda.”
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Whilst the event will see the return of a full crowd, spectators will still have to follow some protocol, with proof of double vaccination or a recent negative test required to get into the venue.
As well as this masks must be worn whilst moving around Alexander Palace but can be removed when sat down, and eating and drinking.
Of course these restrictions mean it will not be complete normality for the Ally Pally faithful, however Hearn believes just being back watching the event will be enough to lighten the spirits of all darts fans.