World Darts Champions heading to Coventry
20th March 2012
Martin Adams and Trina Gulliver
World Champions and England captains Martin Adams and Trina Gulliver are among the top players heading to Coventry to compete in a unique darts ‘double’ of major events at the Ricoh Arena this July.
Three-times Lakeside World Champion and Winmau World Masters Champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams and nine-times Lakeside Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver are just two of the star names taking part in the BDO British Classic and EDO England Masters in a mouth-watering weekend of big-time darts from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15 in Hall 5 and IBEX Hall 3.
Adams will be competing alongside another former World Champion John ‘Boy’ Walton and BBC TV favourites including Tony O’Shea, Darryl Fitton and Scott Waites.
Gulliver – who comes from Southam and is captain of Warwickshire County women’s darts – will be returning to her home county.
Barry Gilbey, chairman of the British Darts Organisation, said: “The BDO and EDO are joining forces for the very first time in Coventry. And for the general public in and around the city there is an additional bonus because entry for all spectators to all events at the Ricoh Arena will be free.
“We are really looking forward to three exciting days of darts and the men’s and women’s events will be played for valuable ranking points so there will be plenty at stake.”
Players will be on the oche for the first ever Ricoh Arena Darts Open (Singles) at 8pm on July 13 with £1,500 guaranteed prize money.
On July 14, the England National Singles (Men and Women) will get underway at 10am, followed by the BDO British Classic Singles (Men and Women) at 1pm, and the G Casino will stage the first ever EDO Grosvenor Grand Prix of Darts Grand Final at 7pm.
The festival of top-class darts ends on Sunday, July 15 with the EDO England Masters Men’s and Women’s Singles at 11am, the England Masters Youth at 1pm and the England Masters Men’s and Women’s Pairs at 3pm.
Laurie Dalrymple, venue director at the Ricoh Arena, said: “Some of the biggest names in World Darts will be playing here on stage for the first time.
“This year’s Lakeside World Championship was seen by millions on BBC TV, ESPN and Eurosport and we hope to capture the unique atmosphere created by darts fans, with lots of dressing up and everyone in good spirits while watching some of the very best in top-class action.”
Entry to the arena is free, however for entry information into the main competitions this can be obtained by going to the BDO website which is www.bdodarts.com
PICTURE CAPTION: World Champions Martin Adams and Trina Gulliver who will be competing at the Ricoh Arena