THE Players Championship Finals is to be televised on ITV4 and will now be played from December 8-11 2011 at the Doncaster Dome.

The fourth staging of the event had originally been planned to be held on the first weekend of December, with the tournament coming forward in the calendar to be played closer to the end of the 2011 Players Championships.

However, ITV4 will now follow up their successful screening of the PartyPoker.net European Championship in July by broadcasting the £250,000 event live from Thursday December 8-Sunday December 11.

“We are delighted that ITV4 have chosen to extend their coverage of our events at the Players Championship Finals,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“July’s European Championship was a brilliant event, featuring many exciting games, including Adrian Lewis’ sensational nine-darter in a thrilling semi-final with Raymond van Barneveld, and it culminated in a memorable final which was won by Phil Taylor.

“With the 32 form players from the PDC ProTour this year playing in Doncaster, the Players Championship Finals promises to be another superb tournament.”

ITV4 have previously screened the Players Championship Finals in 2009 and 2010, as well as the Grand Slam of Darts from 2007-2010, and they also broadcast UEFA Europa League football, Indian Premier League cricket, the Tour De France cycling event and rugby union’s World Cup, Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup.

The Players Championship Finals will feature the leading 32 players from the final 2011 Players Championship Order of Merit, which is comprised of prize money won in the 31 one-day events held during the course of the year.

The first round will be split across Thursday December 8 and Friday December 9, with eight matches being played on each evening.

The second round will be played in two sessions on Saturday December 10, with the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon and the semi-finals and final following on Sunday evening.

Tickets will go on Priority Sale to LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers on Thursday September 22*, and on general sale on Monday September 26.

February’s Players Championship Finals saw Phil Taylor win the trophy for the second time in three years, as he defeated Gary Anderson 13-12 in a thrilling final, with Paul Nicholson having won the title the previous year.

Players Championship Finals
Thursday December 8 (7pm-11pm)
8x First Round games
Tickets £20

Friday December 9 (7pm-11pm)
8x First Round games
Tickets £25

Saturday December 10 (1pm-5pm)
Afternoon Session
4x Second Round games
Tickets £20

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
4x Second Round games
Tickets £25

Sunday December 11
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
4x Quarter-Finals
Tickets £20

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals & Final
Tickets £25

* To purchase tickets in Priority Sales period, customers must have an active LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscription (one payment per year) at midnight on Sunday September 18.

Source – PDC/Lawrence Lustig

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