"It would be a little bit of a strange move" - CEO Matt Porter rubbishes World Championship relocation rumours

Recently, there was quite a stir in the darts world when PDC president Barry Hearn indicated that the World Darts Championship may move to Saudi Arabia in the future. However, CEO Matt Porter is moving those plans to the trash.

The current contract to host the World Darts Championship at London's Alexandra Palace expires in 2025, which is why Hearn raised the possibility that the tournament could move to Saudi Arabia. None of that, however, according to Porter. “We put on our best event at Alexandra Palace. We put on the world’s most loved darts event. We put on the biggest darts event at Alexandra Palace.

“We’re not that well known for making silly decisions, I’d like to think, Generally we like to think that we don’t make that many silly decisions.

“It would be a little bit of a strange move to just go straight from Alexandra Palace to a country that’s never had a darts tournament before with your biggest event.

alexandra palace stage
The World Darts Championship has been held at Alexandra Palace since 2008.

“It’s not something that is necessarily in the immediate future.

“The World Championship is a phenomenal success at Alexandra Palace, they’re a great venue for us so it’s certainly not top of our priorities to find a new venue for the Worlds.”

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