Almost eight years ago, the PDC announced another tournament to showcase the talents of the world's darts scene. If that fact causes you to shrug nonchalantly, consider this - currently, the Premier League Darts tour, which is set to begin again in February next year, is considered to be the largest indoor sports event - not surprisingly, it's played out in arenas around the UK.
Darts is serious BIG business now - gone are the days of smoke-filled cauldrons of sticky yellow walls, ceilings, pint-pots and flights, now it's all about professionalism, focus and mineral water. Well, that's for the players, the audience can still get pretty gee'd up when it wants to - partisan isn't the word for it. TV has brought darts back into living rooms and events like this one have brought the sport to towns other than Purfleet, Thurrock and London.
The 2013 Premier League Darts line-up will include six-times champion, Phil Taylor who will be defending his title after beating Simon Whitlock in last year's final at the O2 Arena in London. Taylor, aka The Power, is an arrows-throwing machine and has won more than 180 (of course) pro-tournaments and 15 world championships. Yes, that was FIFTEEN. We may have been top of the medal table this year if darts had been considered to have been an Olympic sport. He's so focussed, he'd probably have beaten Bradley to the line on a scooter. Maybe.
Belfast is 2013's first stop for the PDC event on 7th February, followed by Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Exeter, Nottingham and plenty more until all of the round-robin matches have been played out amongst the eight professional darts players. The Play-Off finals will then take place once again at London's O2 Arena on 16th May 2013.
The full player line-up will be confirmed once all of the 2012 tournaments and matches have been played out and the rankings finalised - whoever gets through, keen fans will want to grab tickets quick from us now to be in with a shout and a good view of the action. Prices start at £20 and rise to £40 for the top seats at all venues. Lets. Play. Darts.