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Ring in the New Year with BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships


The BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships will start on New Year’s Day 2011 and be the first major sporting event of the New Year on terrestrial television.

Players – men and women – from over thirty countries around the globe will compete in the qualifying events for the opportunity to reach the most famous venue in World Darts.

“What a fantastic way to celebrate the arrival of the New Year”, says Olly Croft, OBE, Managing Director of BDO Enterprises Ltd. “For the first time since 2005, we are starting the Lakeside World Professional Championships on January 1st and, because there will be a Bank Holiday on Monday, January 3rd there is a bonus for darts fans with an extra afternoon session on that day.

“There will be a total of twelve sessions of darts, and together with our wonderful sponsor Bob Potter and BBC Sport, we will make sure that we present the greatest darts Championship on the planet!

“The World Pro continues to maintain the history of darts at the highest possible participation levels. It is a true world event seen by the biggest TV audiences for darts anywhere in the world.

“It offers a wonderful mix of well-known and experienced players, challenged by fresh faces and emerging talent, together with the finest officials, the premier broadcaster and the No.1 venue in World Darts.”

The Men’s World Professional Championship will celebrate thirty-four years of continuous coverage on BBC TV (1978 to 2011), while the Women’s World Professional Championship will be staged for the eleventh consecutive year (2001 to 2011).

The extensive TV coverage by BBC Sport is complemented by red-button coverage of every dart thrown for digital TV viewers, global distribution by BBC Worldwide, European coverage via Eurosport, and Asian coverage by Eurosport Asia.

Collectively this produces the biggest global TV audiences for darts.

For ticket order forms and hotel packages, together with comprehensive information on the British Darts Organisation:

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  1. Steve August 26th, 2010 7:08 pm

    The BBC America needs to cover this tournament live also so we in the U.S.A. can enjoy it too!! Someone please suggest it to them. It is still the BBC after all. We would love more dart coverage over here.