The Premier League is coming to Germany for the first time next year after the PDC announced the venues for the 2018 tournament.
The Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin will host week four of the 2018 Premier League on February 22 next year.
As exclusively revealed by PDC chairman Barry Hearn in our previous title Darts Weekly last October, the Premier League will continue to break new ground in 2018.
“It has to be Germany in 2018, obviously we’ve got to talk to our sponsors and our broadcasters, but you have to go with demand,” Hearn said to us last year.
“As much as we are reliant on our UK customers, to be a truly global brand you have to branch out.
“11 per cent of the World Championship tickets last year were bought in Germany, which leaves me to say Berlin, 2018 Premier League here we come.
“The game is just gaining and gaining momentum which is good news for everybody, especially the kids that are starting to play and are saying: I want to make this my career.”
The 17,000 capacity Mercedes-Benz Arena replaces the Brighton Centre on next year’s line-up of venues for the Premier League.
The arena, which opened in September 2008, has a 20-year naming deal with German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz which was agreed in 2015.
2018 Premier League
February 1 – Dublin, Ireland
February 8 – Cardiff, Wales
February 15, Newcastle, England
February 22 – Berlin, Germany
March 1 – Exeter, England
March 8 – Leeds, England
March 15 – Nottingham, England
March 22 – Glasgow, Scotland
March 29 – Belfast, Northern Ireland
April 5 – Liverpool, England
April 12 – Sheffield, England
April 19 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
April 26 – Manchester, England
May 3 – Birmingham, England
May 10 – Aberdeen, Scotland
May 17 – London, England (Play-Offs)