Night five of this year’s Premier League Darts has been cancelled due to bad weather leading to safety concerns around the arena.
Thousands of fans were set to flock to the Westpoint Arena in Exeter to see world number one Michael van Gerwen continue the defence of his Premier League crown against Mensur Suljovic, and world champion Rob Cross attempt to pick up a first ever win over Gary Anderson.
However, adverse weather conditions in the area caused the scheduled action to be cancelled despite the fact all the players would have already travelled to be near the location.
A statement from the PDC explained the postponement, with information for ticket holders, saying:
“Following heavy snow across the UK and Storm Emma, the Met Office has issued a Red Weather Warning for the south-west of England on Thursday morning (March 1).
“The PDC was informed by Westpoint Exeter on Thursday morning that local authority and police advice for the region was for no non-essential travel to take place and there were severe concerns over the safety of spectators and staff both accessing the venue and then leaving after the show.
“Therefore, regrettably the show will not take place on Thursday and all ticket holders should contact their point of purchase (SeeTickets or TicketZone, the event’s official box offices) to receive a refund.
“Details of how Thursday’s planned fixtures will be rearranged will be confirmed in due course at www.pdc.tv.”
The UK Open, scheduled to start on Friday, March 2 at Butlins Minehead, is still planned to go ahead. This, however, is subject to change.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena
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