Marshalling The Matchplay – Venue Change Looking Likely.

Despite the overwhelming desire of most players and fans, it is looking less and less likely that the World Matchplay will be held at its traditional home. Although it has not yet been completely ruled out, The Winter Gardens will pose many challenges that can be solved by alternate, more self-contained, venues.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens may not host the 2020 World Matchplay. (Pic:PDC)

Speaking to ‘Online darts’, Matt Porter (PDC Chief Executive) extolled the virtues of the Marshall arena in Milton Keynes. It is clear that the snooker event played there recently, also under the Matchroom management, and that the PDC has been closely involved with such event planning.

Matt confirmed to Online Darts:

“I worked very closely with the guys at World Snooker. They are following a very similar model to what we intended to.”

It’s clear that Matchroom, the PDC, and World Snooker have put a huge amount of effort into envisaging how closed-door, “bubble-style”, events could be made to work.

Porter concluded:

” The Marshall arena is the perfect location to create a bubble venue. Hotel onsite….excellent transport links and centrally located”

“We get on very well with the management team: they are fully on board with what we are trying to achieve”

From the above and signals coming from Barry Hearn, and others, it seems, barring a late and dramatic change in the regulations that the Marshall Arena team are in pole position to hold this iconic event for the 2020 staging.

Barry Hearn

Barry Hearn Nominates His ‘Ones To Watch’.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn has chosen his favourite darts moments, which fans can now watch with a free registration to Matchroom Live.

The new Matchroom Live platform hosts an extensive archive from three decades of Matchroom Sport events, including memorable moments in darts, snooker, boxing, tenpin bowling and pool history.

The archive of PDC events includes classic finals, televised nine-darters and special programmes including The Darts Show.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn has now selected his top five darts moments, which are showcased in a new feature and include:

  • Phil Taylor’s first televised nine-darter in 2002
  • The classic 1997 World Championship semi-final between Taylor and Eric Bristow
  • Michael van Gerwen’s 17 perfect darts during the 2013 World Championship

Matchroom Live will also be offering subscriptions and pay-per-view options for Matchroom Sport events in selected territories worldwide – with the first event being Championship League Snooker from June 1, available in the Americas, Asia and Africa.

For more details and to register for free, please visit

Darts World’s Ones to Watch section offers a variety of articles and links to some of darts greatest matches, moments and coaching help:

Matchroom Live To Launch On May 6th And Will Include Classic Darts.

Sports fans can relive many iconic moments and see fantastic archive footage with the launch of Matchroom Live on Wednesday, May 6.

Barney & The Power’s 2007 Clash will be on the
new service.

Matchroom Live allows fans to delve into the history books of Matchroom Sport’s portfolio of events, with many great moments from boxing, snooker, pool and darts any many more sports to be available for free.

Fresh archive footage will be added continuously, ensuring every sports fan has countless hours of sport to watch wherever they are in the world.

Classic moments available at Matchroom Live include the legendary 2007 World Championship final between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld alongside nine-dart finishes and other memorable contests from PDC history.

Fans will also be able to live stream ongoing events through a subscription package and pay-per-view options in territories without current broadcast rights holders.

This will give fans direct access to events including Pool’s Mosconi Cup and World Pool Championship, the World Snooker Championship and the remainder of Matchroom Sport’s catalogue of live events.

Matchroom Live is a video-first platform, with the ability to cast to virtually any device whether that be a console, Smart TV, or connected device. The services will also allow fans to watch up to four live events at once with ‘QuadPlay’.

The service is built and powered by sports streaming and video technology specialists StreamAMG, a longstanding partner of Matchroom Sport operating PDCTV since 2016 and streaming Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz II for the Indian Subcontinent in December 2019.

Fans can sign up for the free archive of sports from Wednesday May 6 at

The Matchroom Live platform will sit alongside PDCTV, and those with an existing PDCTV Subscription will not be affected.