With so many cancellations and rescheduled events, it makes, a refreshing change to share some good news for dart players. The Isle of Man Festival has been confirmed for next year.
Its title sponsor, Poker Stars, and all those involved deserve congratulations.
Howard Miller released the following statement:
POKER STARS INTERNATIONAL DARTS FESTIVAL 2021
With so little for darts enthusiasts everywhere to cheer about at the moment, it brings me particular pleasure to inform you all that details for the 2021 IOM Festival have now been officially confirmed.
Dates will be 11th – 14th March, and the EDO are also delighted to announce that next years Festival will see increased prize money, new events and following the unfortunate demise of the BDO circuit diary, a new playing structure.
What I can officially confirm to everyone, and in part to ensure the Festival maintains it’s position as one of the worlds most famous events, is that among the changes for next year will be four WDF ranking events, two each for the men and ladies and of which the full details will be released on the 15th September.
Clearly in what has been unprecedented times for everyone, no-one can say what the world will look like in six months time.
We all have to hope that by then we will all be back to some kind of normality, but at the moment, I think it’s fair to say that no one can give any cast iron guarantees.
Because of which, very shortly we hope to bring you updates and official confirmation from both the IOM Steam Packet Company and a variety of the islands hotels in respect to their booking terms and conditions ‘should’ the Virus still be proving impactful next March and we feel that is the most responsible thing we can do.
In the meantime we also advise everyone who wants to book, and certainly until we can bring you such updates that before doing so they all read the hotels and or airlines respective T&C’s carefully.
After speaking to Government officials this week, and because it’s so important to the islands economy for it to be so, it is also hoped that long before March other airlines would have stepped in to fill the void Flybe’s administration left last year.
Obviously with the travel industry generally and the airlines specifically suffering so badly, such possibilities are not going to happen overnight, but we remain hopeful that this will be the case.
If it doesn’t then Easyjet flights will certainly fill up quickly as too will all the Ferry crossings, but we know whatever it takes, we know nothing will stop the IOM darting disciples going to what is arguably the most enjoyable pilgrimage in the calendar.
More Festival news and updates will follow in the next few days.
Just to forewarn people the Festival web site will shortly be temporarily suspended to allow us (well Johnny Stefano actually!) to make all the relevant changes and updated details.