After much speculation, the PDC have confirmed that they will be heading back to America in 2017. Las Vegas will host the newest dated on the World Series in July 2017. The PDC will be returning the North America for the first time in eight years, since scrapping the Desert Classic in 2009. Last month PDC chairman Barry Hearn had hinted that he would love to take big time darts back to America, as he felt there was unfinished business in the sport. The American sports market is one that could push darts to the next level; the sport is already smashing box-office numbers across Europe as the sport continues its seismic growth.
The World Series has taken darts to new countries over the last few years, seeing its popularity grow in the likes of; Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China. Now America is next on the list for Barry Hearn. The 2017 tournament will be played at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. It is hoped that this will start the regrowth of darts in America. As in stark contrast from the mid-90s, when darts was a huge hit in America. Now there aren’t any American tour card holders, and only John Part and Ken MacNeil currently reside in the world’s top 100 from North America. Considering there were seven Americans in the inaugural PDC world championships in 1994, the sport has almost become extinct. If the new date on the World Series is a hit, then it could be the rebirth of the global sport in America. To this day Larry Butler is the only American to win a PDC major on European soil when he won the World Matchplay in 1994.
By Phill Barrs