The annual darts exhibition series Champions of Champions gets underway again early in 2023, just a few weeks after the sport crowns its newest PDC world champion. On January 21, the Rialto in Coventry will see a whole host of top names compete for an evening in Coventry.
The next day, the padded field and some new additions will make their way to Norwich for the very first time in the event’s history. Taking place at Epic Studios on January 22, fans of darts in the East of England will be treated to a show from some of the PDC’s biggest and most popular stars.
If there’s one thing that darts has always needed, perhaps more than any other sport, it’s a rowdy crowd. This year, the PDC World Championship truly got back to its full glory, seeing interest amp up accordingly. Throughout the tournament and ensuing showcase events, fans piled into the bet 10 get 30 offer from leading sportsbooks.
Per the odds for the title at the time, Norwich will play host to a true contender after the main event of the year. Johnny Clayton was still in the mix at +1400 and is a former world champion himself, but ahead of him, by quite some margin, was Michael van Gerwen at the time. At +150, the Dutchman looked to have regained his form.
MVG was the headline act for the upcoming Champions of Champions darts in Norwich, but he had to pull out a couple of months prior. In his place, the event organizers have decided to go all-in on packing out the line-up with even more world title competitors.
The original announcement on 09/10 for the Champion of Champions showdown in Norwich had Van Gerwen front and centre, alongside history-maker Fallon Sherrock. With them, Daryl Gurney, Vincent van der Voort, and John Lowe (MBE) joined the line-up. It had the makings of a grand showcase of darts that everyone could enjoy.
With MVG out, Epic Studios and the Champion of Champions organizers went out to draw in a couple of other major names for the 01/22 event. Clayton comes in as the highest-ranked of those going to
Norwich, with the Welshman being in the mix at the very top of the PDC for the last few years. “The Ferret,” as he’s known, is lively on stage and will undoubtedly get the crowd going early.
Still, perhaps the name that will draw in the crowds the most might just be the legendary Raymond van Barneveld. One of the most successful darts players in the history of the sport, he keeps on delivering in major events beyond the point that many expected him to retire. Undoubtedly, if he hadn’t been in his prime in the days of Phil Taylor, he would have hoisted more than one World Championship – in 2007.
Darts fans in the East of England will be treated to a grand night of darts on January 22, with Sherrock, Van der Voort, Lowe, Clayton, Gurney, and now Barney all taking to the stage.