Hall of Fame boxing promoter Frank Warren has partnered with UKTV for the broadcast of the British Darts Organisation’s annual ‘World Trophy’ event, that is set to take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend at the home of British darts, Lakeside Country Club.
“Though I have worked predominantly in boxing for nearly 40 years, I have also promoted and been involved in various other sports and entertainment ventures throughout my career. I am delighted to have been part of setting this event up and securing the BDO one of the UK’s leading broadcasters for the event. In my opinion, Dave is the perfect channel for the event and with it taking place at Lakeside, the iconic home of British darts, I am sure the atmosphere will be electric.” – Frank Warren
The event will take place over three days on 28th, 29th and 30th May at the most iconic darts venue in the country, Lakeside, with 2016’s event boasting a huge £150k prize fund, which will incorporate £50k for a nine dart leg.
The UK’s biggest multichannel operator, UKTV, will broadcast ten hours of live coverage of the World Trophy each day on free to air entertainment channel Dave. Live Darts: BDO World Trophy 2016 will start daily at 12 midday. This further extends Dave’s live sport coverage, and follows the channel’s first live boxing event earlier this year when over three million viewers tuned in to watch David Haye knock out Mark de Mori.
“Our exciting new partnership with UKTV and Frank is certain to delight all of the BDO’s loyal members and fans. We look forward to working with Dave on the opening event of a new era for the BDO. The World Trophy is set to be an excellent few days of top level darts.” – Sue Williams, Chairman of the BDO
A high spec production and bumper crowd will see the BDO’s biggest names, including reigning World Champions Scott Waites and Trina Gulliver MBE, along with the likes of Glen Durrant, Martin Adams, Scott Mitchell, Deta Hedman, Lisa Ashton, with wildcards for Jeff Smith, Andy Fordham and Ted Hankey. They will compete for the £150k on offer at the iconic Lakeside venue.
“This is an exciting time for the BDO and I’m thrilled that we’re able to bring Dave viewers the BDO World Trophy, free to air and live from Lakeside, the home of world darts. This is an important step for Dave as we continue to expand into important new genres such as live sport.” – Richard Watsham, director of commissioning at UKTV
Tickets for the BDO World Trophy 2016 at Lakeside are available from lakesideworlddarts.co.uk and 01252 836 464. Dave’s live coverage will start at 12 midday on each day of the event finishing at 10pm, ensuring darts fans don’t miss a moment of the action. Details of the on-site broadcast team will follow in the coming weeks.
Live Darts: BDO World Trophy 2016 starts Saturday 28 May at 12 noon on Dave #realdarts