The PDC Autumn Series is to move from Hildesheim to Niedernhausen for September’s six days of competitive action.
The Autumn Series – comprising five Players Championship events from September 12-16 – will be preceded by the World Series of Darts Finals Qualifier on Friday September 11.
Due to recent changes to both flight schedules and travel advisories, the Autumn Series has been switched from Halle 39 in Hildesheim to the Conference Centre at the H+ Hotel in Niedernhausen.
The venue and on-site hotel will comprise a secure and exclusive “bubble” for players and staff for the duration of the tournaments.
“This change has been carefully considered in response to the ever evolving pandemic situation in different territories,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter. “As with everything we have done since returning to action, the health and safety of our players and staff is our top priority, and we believe this is the right thing to do.
“We have a large number of non-UK Tour Card Holders and staging events outside the UK is absolutely fair, but only if it can be done under satisfactory conditions, and we will be able to achieve that in Niedernhausen.
“Following several flight cancellations in to Hannover and the confirmation of the World Series Finals in Salzburg being able to take place immediately afterwards, it became apparent that travel to and from Hildesheim would be more challenging, and with players and staff due to be spread across various hotels, we have worked with our partners at PDC Europe and the PDPA to replicate the bubble environment that has worked so well for us in Milton Keynes.
“We will provide transport for players from Frankfurt airport where possible and are establishing testing protocols to ensure the events are played in a fully quarantined environment.
“We have been in contact with players regarding travel arrangements and most had not yet finalised their details, but any who have are asked to contact the PDPA directly so that their situation can be resolved.
“For everyone else, we advise direct travel either to Niedernhausen by road where possible and suitable but otherwise a direct flight in to Frankfurt am Main airport is the best option and accommodation details are being provided to players by the PDPA for booking through PDC Europe.”
Venue & Hotel details
H+ Hotel Wiesbaden Niedernhausen
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