PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter reveals World Championship will take place at Alexandra Palace with or without fans
PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter has revealed that the PDC World Championship will take place at Alexandra Palace come what may at Christmas.
Porter spoke as part of the SportsPro Live virtual conference yesterday and said that while there isn't a 'definite plan'; different scenarios have been planned out ahead of the end of the year and as it stands, fans or no fans, it will take place in it's usual venue.
"In terms of our planning, I wouldn’t say we have wrinkles - we have great big creases," said Porter.
"There is no definite plan - other than it will take place. At this stage we don’t know what the scenario will be.
"We may have zero per cent of fans allowed, it could be ten, 50, or, as we’d like, 100 per cent. But at Matchroom we are independent, creative and flexible, so we can react quickly.
"As long as we have a month’s notice, we can sell tickets. The World Championship is such a fantastic, colourful and atmospheric event that being without a crowd would be a shame.
"But we still have to deliver it and are planning with Alexandra Palace what we can do under the different scenarios.
"If fans are allowed, we don’t know if they would have to be 1metre, 1.5metres or 2metres apart but we have plans to handle arrivals, tracking and tracing, whatever is required.
"Ideally we’d have a full event, fans wearing fancy dress, enjoying themselves and having fun.
"But having already put on some behind closed door events helps. We will work with our stakeholders to put on the very best event we can under the circumstances as they are at the time."