The 10,000 attendance is amongst the largest ever at a darts event and the decibel levels shot off the scale as the familiar strains of Planet Funk’s “Chase The Sun” rang around what the PDC has billed as “the world’s greatest darts venue”.
The fans quickly kickstarted “Stand Up If You Love The Darts” before the obligatory “Olé, Olé, Olé” and “The Fields Of Athenry”.
Fancy dress tends to be the norm at these events. Superman and Tony The Tiger made an appearance, while there were plenty wearing green tops and fake bald heads in commemoration of darts’ newest sensation Michael van Gerwen, who were shown regularly on the big screens.
Mighty Mike gave his fans plenty of cause to ape his trademark fist pump as he came out on top against Dutch compatriot Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 in a game of stunning quality. “The crowd is amazing, the biggest crowd I’ve ever played for,” said van Gerwen.
Phil Taylor maintained his record of never losing three consecutive Premier League games by beating Andy Hamilton 7-3.
In last night’s biggest match-up, Taylor and van Barneveld drew 6-6, Taylor coming from two legs down.
James Wade accounted for Robert Thornton 7-3, while Hamilton also lost his second game to Stuart Whitlock on the same scoreline in a tie that treated the players to the sight of an indoor full-house ‘Poznan’.