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World Matchplay Darts

World Matchplay Darts

When the World Matchplay comes to Blackpool all eyes are on one man. Phil “The Power” Taylor. This event has been his over the years, having been unbeaten at the Empress Ballroom since 2007, and well before that too. He’s the only player in darts history to have won seven successive World Matchplay titles and will be doing everything he can to make it eight on the trot and 15 in total.

The tournament has been held in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool since its inception in 1994. It’s regarded as the second biggest Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) event in the calendar after the World Championships and is always one of the most popular amongst darts aficionados. Held across nine days every July it truly is a festival of darts, with fans able to enjoy some of the world’s top players going toe to toe over two early rounds, quarter and semi-finals, and the final showdown to take the crown.

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It’s not just an event that’s popular with the fans, with all the players holding it in extremely high esteem. It’s one they all want to win. But with nine days of explosive action, anything can happen when the players step up to the oche. Taylor might be dominant in Blackpool, having won 5 successive titles up to 2004, before his current seven successive wins, but it’s not all about him here. We’ve seen stunning nine darters from some of the most exciting players, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, and Wes Newton on his home stage in 2012. Taylor also hit the PDC’s first ever televised nine-dart finish in 2002 – while it looks great on the TV, there’s nothing like seeing the action unfold live.

World Matchplay Darts - Blackpool

Thomas Cook Sport invites you to a feast of darts in Blackpool with our World Matchplay packages, offering the ultimate experience.


  • Ticket
    Official Balcony or Table Seat Ticket

  • Hotel 
    A minimum of one night's accommodation 
World Matchplay Darts

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