Barry Hearn, chairman of the PDC is known as being the focal point of Matchroom Sport meaning he looks after multiple sports but in an interview with the Darts Show Podcast, he said there is nothing like Alexandra Palace.

Hearn said that despite that it is not right to make a choice between all of the other major events but that the venue just is special.

It goes further than that for him and he says that it is even great seeing the heartbreak that goes on at events like this and it really shows who has the bottle and heart to continue in this game.

“I can’t sleep thinking about it,” said PDC chairman Barry Hearn, speaking on The Darts Show Podcast.

“I’ve got 656 event days this year in my business globally, so there’s not a day in which there’s not something fantastic happening. I love my life and I love my job, but the darts at Ally Pally is just up there.

“People say to me, ‘which do you prefer?’ It’s wrong to make a choice… Eddie’s big boxing shows, Joshua-Ruiz – I can’t wait for that. The World Championship of Snooker at the Crucible is special for me, but there’s something about the energy in Alexandra Palace.

“There’s something about going backstage and seeing these kids in this practice room and they’ve all got a dream. Those dreams are going to be shattered which is great!

“It’s great because when a dream is shattered, you find out about who you are and what you are made of – do you walk away with your head low or do you push your chest out and say that next year it won’t be shattered? That’s what separates men from boys in a sportsman’s world.

“Great champions improve all the time and along the way, they give us entertainment.”

Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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Author: Samuel Gill