The BDO have announced this year’s World Trophy has changed venues and will now be held at the Lakeside Country Club.
The switch comes after the Victoria Warehouse removed itself as the location for the tournament, following a breach by the BDO in the contract they had with the Manchester-based event space.
A spokesperson from the Victoria Warehouse speaking to Darts Weekly said on Thursday: “We had a contract with them and they breached the contract.
“As of Friday last week we released the space to another client. In regards to the ticket sales they were done by the BDO.
“We got in touch with the website which was selling the tickets last week and asked them to remove Victoria Warehouse as the location for the event.”
Following rumours on social media and online darts forums last night, the BDO released a brief statement on their website yesterday morning.
The statement, entitled ‘Change of Venue for BDO World Trophy Finals’, read: ‘The BDO World Trophy finals will now take place at Lakeside.
‘A new Entry Form for the Wolverhampton play-offs is available from the BDO Diary. No dates have changed.’
As we went to press yesterday evening there has been no other information released by the BDO to the public.
With the tournament set to start on Saturday, May 28, the BDO have just four weeks to try and sell tickets for the three-day tournament at its new venue.
Geert de Vos is the defending champion after beating Jeffrey de Graaf, now with the PDC, in last year’s final 10-9 at the Event City in Manchester.
Lisa Ashton won the women’s title after seeing off Anastasia Dobromyslova 7-5 in the final.
The qualifiers for the World Trophy will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the Wolverhampton Sports Centre.