Premier League Darts 2018 line-up and dates: Box office quartet handed debut places

The sport's biggest road-show event returns in 2018 (credit:Unibet)

The ten-man line-up for the 2018 Unibet Premier League has been confirmed, with four players set to make their debuts in darts' most prestigious invitational.

The £825,000 tournament features the top four players in the PDC Order of Merit joined by six Wildcards as they tour some of the largest arenas in the UK, Ireland and Europe over four months of round-robin action.

Newly-crowned World Champion Rob Cross, World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney, Champions League victor Mensur Suljovic and UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price will feature in the popular road-show event for the first time, having been rewarded for their breakthrough campaigns in 2017.

They are joined by world number one and defending champion Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock.

The star-studded invitational will make its debut in the darting hotbed of Germany this year with a 10,000-strong crowd expected to pack Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Thursday February 22.

The Premier League will also return to Rotterdam Ahoy for a third successive year, following the sell-out success of the event in the Netherlands in 2016 and 2017, as well as arenas across the UK and Ireland from February to May.

The 16-week tour begins for the first time at the 3Arena in Dublin on February 1, with further league nights following in Cardiff and Newcastle before the tournament makes its German debut on February 22.

The league nights in Exeter, Leeds, Nottingham and Glasgow are followed by Judgement Night in Belfast on March 29, with the event then visiting Liverpool, Sheffield, Rotterdam, Manchester, Birmingham and Aberdeen.

The 2018 Premier League season will be the first time Phil Taylor does not feature in the ten-man line-up, with 'The Power' retiring from professional competition following the year's World Championship.

Following the round-robin phase, the top four players in the league table will progress to the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on May 17. The fixtures will be confirmed in due course.




Premier League Darts 2018 Dates & Venues

DateVenue
Thursday February 13Arena, Dublin
Thursday February 8Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Thursday February 15Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Thursday February 22Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Thursday March 1Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Thursday March 8First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thursday March 15Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Thursday March 22SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Thursday March 29SSE Arena, Belfast
Thursday April 5Echo Arena, Liverpool
Thursday April 12Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Thursday April 19Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam
Thursday April 26Manchester Arena
Thursday May 3Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Thursday May 10GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen
Thursday May 17Play-Offs - O2 Arena, London


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