Wayne Mardle discussed Berlin’s potential as a Premier League venue, as the competition goes to Germany for the first time.

Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena recently became the first non-British or Irish location to host the Premier League. Now the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Germany’s capital has been added to the bill. Darts has grown exponentially in Germany, with the nation becoming the de facto home of the European Tour. The World Cup of Darts is regularly held in Frankfurt, after three editions were played in Hamburg. Mardle, who will be commentating for Sky Sports, reckons there will be an excellent atmosphere.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s somewhere new. When we first went to Rotterdam for the first time, that took my breath away, so maybe Berlin will as well.

“I think it’s going to be noisy and I think it’s going to be similar to Rotterdam. I’m not too sure how many people it holds, but with the way that the European Tour goes when they play at weekends, they’re normally kind of noisy and atmospheric, so I think it will be kind of the same,” he said.

“We want cities competing against each other to prove that they’re the best fans and why not? Bring on Berlin.”

Mardle added his thoughts on the state of German darts itself. The former World Championship semi-finalist believes what the sport needs is a Teutonic superstar, to have the sort of effect Raymond van Barneveld had on the growth of the Dutch game.

“It’s basically Holland in the late 90s – that’s what it is. We’re doing more exhibitions, corporate days and demonstrations than we’ve ever done before. What they badly need is an absolute darting superstar from their own country,” he said.

“We thought it was going to be Max Hopp, but it turns out that so far it isn’t the case, but maybe there will be another one around the corner.”

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Author: Edward McCosh