Dutch Open Darts moved to September due to Coronavirus pandemic
The Dutch Open Darts, the largest open darts tournament in the world will not take place on it's usual dates of February 5, 6 and 7 in 2021, it has been announced.
Instead, the event at De Bonte Wever will be moved to 3, 4 and 5 September due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic with the reasoning being given also that the amount of people who descend on the tournament does not make it viable to stage it in it's current format.
“Everyone will understand that the Dutch Open in its current form in this corona crisis simply cannot continue”, said Paul Engelbertink, director of the Dutch Darts Association and tournament director of the Dutch Open Darts.
“With the knowledge we have today we can only assume that February will not work for such an event where potentially 7,000 people come to the venue every day. In addition, we also need time to prepare the event," he added.
"It is important that we look ahead to what may be possible and that is why we have moved the event to the beginning of September. We are communicating this information now so that all darts players, fans, partners and the WDF (World Darts Federation), can prepare for it. We hope that we can organize another wonderful darts party for you in September. That’s what we aim for."