Darts championship throws £10m into Blackpool’s economy

Visit Blackpool says the Sky Bet Mobile World Matchplay Darts Championship, which took place at the city’s Winter Gardens complex last month, brought £10m in economic benefit to the local economy.
This year, 17,944 darts were thrown during the competition, which means that each dart symbolised £557.29 of value to local business in the resort.
The tournament has taken place in Blackpool for the last 18 years, playing host to some of the biggest darts talents from around the world, including the likes of 12-time World Matchplay winner Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and World Champion Adrian Lewis.
Millions of people had their eyes on Blackpool during the event, with coverage streaming live on SKY Sports HD in the UK, RTL7 in Holland, Sport1 in Germany, Fox Sports in Australia, and the Showtime Network across the Middle East.
Mandy Tythe-McCallum, Business Tourism Manager at Visit Blackpool, said: “World Matchplay Darts is a great event which means a lot the local economy here in Blackpool.
“The event is just another example of the adaptability of the resort, which this year alone has played host to 6,000 exercise enthusiasts, 4,000 young farmers and 1,500 pensioners in related events.”
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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

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