With Christmas just around the corner, that can only mean one thing – the return of the darts! To celebrate, Sky Sports has today announced the return of Sky Sports Darts – a channel dedicated exclusively to the darts, ahead of the 2019/2020 PDC World Darts Championship.

Sky Sports Arena will be rebranded as ‘Sky Sports Darts’ from 0600 on Thursday 12 December 2019 and running through to 0600 on Friday 3 January 2020.

The World Darts Championship itself will run from Friday 13 December to Wednesday 1 January at Alexandra Palace, and the Sky Sports Darts channel will bring viewers every minute of the action.

Sky Sports Darts will be on Channel 408 (HD), 862 (SD) and on streaming service NOW TV through a Sky Sports pass. It will act as a bespoke destination for the World Darts Championship, showcasing 22 days of non-stop Darts Programming, with a focus on Live Coverage, special documentaries, highlights and classic matches from tournaments gone by. Furthermore, Sky Sports Main Event & Sky One will also simulcast the live play on certain days to further complement this coverage.

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2007 champion Raymond van Barneveld bows out of the sport after the competition, and he’s hoping for a fairy-tale finish: “Darts has been my life and this is my last shot at World Championship glory. Knowing millions of fans will follow my final journey in the sport on Sky Sports Darts is something special – I just want to prolong my stay at Ally Pally for as long as possible.”

”Winning in my final tournament would be amazing! Being crowned the 2007 champion was an incredible experience, and I hope the viewers enjoy this year’s tournament as well as the documentaries and classic matches. I’m sure Sky Sports will have my 2007 title win on there!”

Van Barneveld’s fellow Dutch countryman, Michael van Gerwen, the reigning World Champion, can’t wait to defend his crown. “It’s always a fantastic time over the festive period at Ally Pally. The fans, the atmosphere and the darts are unbelievable. If you can’t be there, Sky Sports Darts is your
destination from December 12 to January 3. I hope to be there on New Year’s Day in the final and defend my title!”

The PDC World Darts Championship is part of a festive season of live action on Sky Sports that includes football from the Premier League, EFL and SPFL, Test match cricket, and more. Watch the entire World Darts Championship on the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel on Channel 408 (HD) or 862 (SD), or with your NOW TV Sky Sports Pass.

Session times

Fri Dec 13: 1900 – 2300
Sat Dec 14: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Sun Dec 15: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Mon Dec 16: 1900 – 2300
Tue Dec 17: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Wed Dec 18: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Thu Dec 19: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Fri Dec 20: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Sat Dec 21: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Sun Dec 22: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Mon Dec 23: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Fri Dec 27: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Sat Dec 28: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Sun Dec 29: 1230 – 1630 & 1900 – 2300
Mon Dec 30: 1900 – 2300
Wed Jan 1: 1900 – 2200

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Author: Pieter