World Darts Championship to remain at Alexandra Palace until at least 2020 as record prize fund announced

A general view of the World Championship arena (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

A record £2.5 million prize fund will be on offer in the 2018/19 PDC World Championship, with the biggest event in world darts set to remain at Alexandra Palace for at least another two years.

The PDC have confirmed a huge 40% (£700,000) increase in prize money for the 2018/2019 tournament, including a record-breaking £500,000 to the eventual champion, an increase of £100,000 from 2017/18.

The 2017/2018 World Championship was an unprecedented success as 68,000 fans packed London's Alexandra Palace throughout 15 days of pulsating action.

Prior to the tournament, Sky Sports confirmed a new seven-year broadcast deal with the PDC, while the tournament will remain at Ally Pally for at least another two stagings following the completion of a new contract.

Rob Cross etched his name into the darting history books by becoming World Champion for the first time on New Year's Day after defeating Phil Taylor 7-2 in the final.

Monday's final featured record TV ratings in Germany, where a peak audience of 2.7 million people watched the final, while 1.4 million watched the Sky Sports broadcast in the UK.

The PDC are also set to confirm an expanded field for the World Championship to include more global qualifying tournaments in an effort to continue the growth of the sport around the world.

"This year's William Hill World Darts Championship was the biggest and most successful in the sport's history," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

"We were treated to thrilling matches throughout and the event exceeded all of our expectations with record TV ratings being reported globally and a new champion being crowned in Rob Cross.

"Rob epitomises the PDC structure which gives opportunities for all players of ability without any barriers to entry.

"For Rob to go from competing on our Challenge Tour to being World Champion in just a year is an incredible story and one that will inspire ambitious players worldwide to achieve their dreams," he added.


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World Darts Championship to remain at Alexandra Palace until at least 2020 as record prize fund announced

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