PDC World Darts Championship 2022: when does Alexandra Palace event start - schedule, draw, how to watch on TV

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World number one Gerwyn Price is defending his maiden World Championship title which he lifted behind closed doors last year.

The World Darts Championship, the sport’s biggest event of the calendar year, kicks off on Wednesday as stars fight it out at London’s Alexandra Palace for a chance to make history.

The 29th annual event will span 16 days of darts from December 15 to January 3.

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With a staggering £2.5 million prize fund where the victor will take home £500k, the event sees the return of fans to the capital’s Ally Pally after Covid-19 forced players to play behind closed doors last year.

During 2021’s pandemic-struck event, current world number one Gerwyn Price lifted his first ever World Championship title after a 7-3 win over long-term foe Gary Anderson.

The Welshman is currently the favourite to successfully retain his title (10/3) and his defence starts on day one of this great event.

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How to watch

You can watch this year’s World Championship tournament live on Sky Sports Darts, which is rebranded from Sky Sports Arena for the duration of the tournament.

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If you are not a Sky TV customer, you can watch the event through NOW TV where you can purchase a Sky Sports day pass (£9.99), a week pass (£14.99) or a month pass (£33.99).

What is the schedule of play?

DAY ONE: Wednesday December 15, 7pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Ritchie Edhouse v Lihao Wen (R1)

Ricky Evans v Nitin Kumar (R1)

Adrian Lewis v Matt Campbell (R1)

Gerwyn Price v Edhouse/Wen (R2)

DAY TWO: Thursday December 16, 12.30pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Steve Lennon v Madars Razma (R1)

Scott Mitchell v Chris Landman (R1)

Chas Barstow v John Normann Jnr (R1)

Daryl Gurney v Evans/Kumar (R2)

7pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

William O’Connor v Danny Lauby (R1)

Ryan Meikle v Fabian Schmutzler (R1)

Ron Meulenkamp v Lisa Ashton (R1)

Gary Anderson v Lewis/Campbell (R2)

DAY THREE: Friday December 17, 12.30pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Ryan Joyce v Roman Benecky (R1)

Keane Barry v Royden Lam (R1)

Jermaine Wattimena v Boris Koltsov (R1)

Krzysztof Ratajski v Lennon/Razma (R2)

7pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Joe Murnan v Paul Lim (R1)

William Borland v Bradley Brooks (R1)

Ross Smith v Jeff Smith (R1)

Peter Wright v Meikle/Schmutzler (R2)

DAY FOUR: Saturday December 18, 12.30pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Jamie Hughes v Raymond Smith (R1)

Callan Rydz v Yuki Yamada (R1)

Darius Labanauskas v Mike De Decker (R1)

Ian White v Mitchell/Landman (R2)

7pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Adam Hunt v Boris Krcmar (R1)

Ted Evetts v Jim Willaims (R1)

Rowby-John Rodriguez v Nick Kenny (R1)

Michael van Gerwen vs Barstow/Norman Jnr (R2)

DAY FIVE: Sunday December 19, 12.30pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Maik Kuivenhoven v Ky Smith (R1)

Jason Heaver v Gordon Mathers (R1)

Alan Soutar v Diogo Portela (R1)

Stephen Bunting v Ross Smith/J Smith (R2)

7pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Martijn Kleermaker v John Michael (R1)

Florian Hempel v Martin Schindler (R1)

Steve Beaton v Fallon Sherrock (R1)

Jonny Clayton v Barry/Lam (R2)

DAY SIX: Monday December 20, 7pm (3x First Round, 1x Second Round)

Luke Woodhouse v James Wilson (R1)

Rusty-Jake Rodriguez v Ben Robb (R1)

Raymond van Barneveld v Lourence Ilagan (R1)

James Wade v Kuivenhoven/K Smith (R2)

DAY SEVEN: Tuesday December 21, 12.30pm (2x First Round, 2x Second Round)

Lewy Williams v Toyokazu Shibata (R1)

Jason Lowe v Daniel Larsson (R1)

Mervyn King v Joyce/Benecky (R2)

Dave Chisnall v Labanauskas/De Decker (R2)

7pm (4x Second Round)

Vincent van der Voort v Hunt/Krcmar (R2)

Michael Smith v Meulenkamp/Ashton (R2)

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Hempel/Schindler (R2)

Devon Petersen v Hughes/Raymond Smith (R2)

DAY EIGHT: Wednesday December 22, 12.30pm (4x Second Round)

Ryan Searle v Borland/Brooks (R2)

Glen Durrant v O’Connor/Lauby (R2)

Luke Humphries v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Kenny (R2)

Joe Cullen v Evetts/J Williams (R2)

7pm (4x Second Round)

Nathan Aspinall v Murnan/Lim (R2)

Dirk van Duijvenbode v Wattimena/Koltsov (R2)

Kim Huybrechts v Beaton/Sherrock (R2)

Simon Whitlock v Kleermaker/Michael (R2)

DAY NINE: Thursday December 23, 12.30pm (4x Second Round)

Damon Heta v Woodhouse/Wilson (R2)

Brendan Dolan v Rydz/Yamada (R2)

Mensur Suljovic v Soutar/Portela (R2)

Jose de Sousa v Lowe/Larsson (R2)

7pm (4x Second Round)

Danny Noppert v Heaver/Mathers (R2)

Gabriel Clemens v L Williams/Shibata (R2)

Rob Cross v Van Barneveld/Ilagan (R2)

Chris Dobey v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez/Robb (R2)

DAY 10: Monday December 27, 12.30pm (3x Third Round)

7pm (3x Third Round)

DAY 11: Tuesday December 28, 12.30pm (3x Third Round)

7pm (3x Third Round)

DAY 12: Wednesday December 29, 12.30pm (3x Third Round)

7pm (1x Third Round, 2x Fourth Round)

DAY 13: Thursday December 30, 12.30pm (3x Fourth Round)

7pm (3x Fourth Round)

DAY 14: Saturday January 1, 12.30pm (2x Quarter-Finals)

7.30pm (2x Quarter-Finals)

DAY 15: Sunday January 2, 7.30pm (2x Semi-Finals)

DAY 16: Monday January 3, 8pm (Final)

Do you need a Covid vaccine passport?

Tickets to an event that will see over 50,000 darts fans over the course of the next month are all sold out, but recent changes to Covid-19 restrictions has affected entry requirements for this year’s World Championship tournament.

The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) announced the guidelines for all ticket holders getting ready to dress up and enjoy a fun-filled event.

To gain access to Alexandra Palace, all attendees will need to show proof of either:

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  • NHS-approved vaccination
  • Recovery from a positive PCR test within 180 days
  • Negative lateral flow test from that day

There will be on-site testing facilities for both staff and spectators throughout the tournament.

Face masks must be worn in public areas unless enjoying a snack or a pint.

For any further details about Alexandra Palace’s full Covid-19 regulations, please click here.

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