Darts has always been a popular pub sport, but in modern times has become a professional way of earning a living. With a prize fund of £400,000 the World Grand Prix is no exception. It is one of the major tournaments within the sport, 2nd to the World Darts Championship, which takes place in London at the end of the year. Since 1998 the addition of the Darts World Grand Prix in Dublin has seen big names travel to Ireland. Darts legend Phil “the Power” Taylor has dominated the game, while the Dutch player Michael van Gerwen is looking to defend his number 1 world ranking.
Dublin Airport is just outside the city, which offers an express Airlink service to reach the city centre. Dublin has a light rail tram line which will help visitors reach the tournament, the Saggart Stop is within a ten-minute walk of the venue. The service is frequent and runs late enough to catch the last tram back after the darts. Tickets for the event go on sale nearer the time, expect to pay more for a table seat with cheaper viewing available at the back of the hall. The competition lasts all week, with morning and evening sessions.
The semi-finals and finals fall on the weekend and are more likely to sell out, so book these in advance. If you are looking to attend more than one day, check to see if tickets across multiple days are available. Booking a table seat is worth the extra to be closer to the action and to enjoy the atmosphere. Hospitality packages are often available, a great way to make the night more special or entertain clients. If you are taking the family, check if there are any age restrictions or special seating areas available.
If you are planning to visit Dublin for the Darts World Grand Prix, choose from a wide range of houses and apartments, flats, holiday homes and other private rentals close to the city centre. Wherever you are staying in Dublin the venue is on a main tram line.
Dublin is a popular tourist destination, with plenty to see and do. Home of the Guinness Storehouse, you can see how the famous stout is made. There’s also the old Jameson Distillery. Dublin Castle is an impressive building, still used by the Irish government today. Have a great night out in the busy Temple Bar area.
There are more details about the Darts World Grand Prix on the official website, including: news, tickets, player profiles and statistics, the rules of darts and the Darts World Grand Prix, information on the World Darts Championship and other tournaments, as well as more information on the Professional Darts Corporation.
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