UK Open Darts to go ahead but behind closed doors

Red's Bar will become the Main Stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2018 UK Open will go ahead as planned at Butlins Minehead but the entire tournament is to be played behind closed doors.

The event was shrouded in confusion on Friday morning after a statement from Butlins read that the UK Open had been cancelled but was later retracted.

The tournament will now go ahead from Friday to Sunday, however no fans will be permitted to watch the action live from the venue, including those who are already on-site.

The UK Open will broadcasted live on ITV4 as scheduled and streamed worldwide.

Ten players have withdrawn from the tournament due to travel disruption: Rene Berndt, Andrew Davidson, John Goldie, Maik Langendorf, Zoran Lerchbacher, Mick McGowan, William O'Connor, Mark Rice, Scott Robertson and Craig Winstanley.

The traditional Stage Two in Red's Bar will now become the Main Stage, while all other matches will be contested as normal on Boards 3-8.


An updated statement from Butlins Resorts read:

Due to the unprecedented extreme weather conditions, we have regretfully decided to not allow guests to attend this weekend’s PDC Coral UK Open at our resort in Minehead, Somerset, for safety reasons – however, the tournament will take place behind closed doors and be broadcast on ITV4 as scheduled.

We have also decided to cancel our 90’s Reloaded weekend at our resort in Skegness, Lincolnshire, for the same safety reasons.

Guests already on our resort can be assured that their accommodation will be available to them until it is safe to travel home. Any guests who have not started their journey for either of these breaks are urged NOT to do so. If you are already en route, please be aware that our Minehead and Skegness resorts cannot accept any more guests, so we would ask you to turn around and head home when it is safe to do so.

We will post a further update here with regard to rebooking and refunds shortly – however, please bear with us.

Thank you so much for your understanding.


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