The first of the triple header Coral UK Open Qualifiers take place at Robin Park, Wigan from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February 2018.
The full list of entries please see news item on home page. Fridays event will start at 2pm with starts on Saturday & Sunday at 12.00 noon.
Car Park Charges:
- Up to 2 Hours - £2.00
- Over 2 Hours - £4.00
Rules on the 2018 Coral UK Open Qualification:
Players who competed at the 2018 PDC Qualifying School who wish to attempt to qualify for the 2018 Coral UK Open TV Finals should firstly enter all the six UK Open Qualifiers. Entries should be made via the PDC Online Entry System before the deadline of 2pm on Tuesday January 30th
Following this deadline, the fields for each of the six UK Open Qualifiers will be confirmed, based on the PDC Tour Card Holders who enter and then topping up the field to 256 players based on a combined Qualifying School Order of Merit.
Any player who does not get into the 256-player field will then be permitted to enter the remaining Rileys Amateur Qualifiers from February 1 onwards if they wish to qualify as an amateur to compete at the UK Open.
Under Rule 2.11 (paragraph 3), any prize money won in the UK Open would not count towards any Order of Merit. Please note all entries are still subject to the normal DRA & PDC rules relating to any withdrawals and DNA’s.
SEE FULL PDC RULES ON UKO QUALIFIERS BELOW
The 2018 UK Open qualifiers will feature a maximum of 256 entries per qualifier, all Full Members have priority. See Rule 4.2 below.
4.2 Entry to UK Open qualifier Events is open to all Full and Associate Members but is limited to 256 players per Event. Once all Full Members have entered, Associate Members shall have their entries accepted on the basis of their Q School Order of Merit position until a 256 player field has been reached.
Places will be allocated to Associate Members from both the UK and European Q Schools on a pro-rata basis depending on how many places are available to be filled and how many entrants there were in each Q School. For example, if there were 200 entrants in the UK Q School and 100 in the European Q School, two-thirds of the available places will be allocated to players from the UK Q School.
If this does not fill the 256 places once all players from one Q School have been offered the opportunity to compete, players from the other Q School shall be entitled to enter in order of their position on their Q School Order of Merit.
Tournament Event Brief:
Registration and Toe the Oche:
Players must register at the PDC Registration desk before 13.00hrs on Friday & 11.00am on Saturday and Sunday at the latest, It is the players responsibility to make sure your name is crossed off and registered, and not just to walk past and expect it to be, the draw and schedule of play will then take place and games will commence at 2pm on Friday and 12.00 Noon on Saturday & Sunday.
The draw will be available on the TV screens in the venue, with an A-Z of player's names and drawn board. You must be at your board when your game is due, or you may risk disqualification. Please keep your eye on the board and when you are due to play. The PDC reserves the right to amend the schedule of play if necessary; any amendments will be posted on the website and in the venue.
Registration times for Friday 2nd February:
11:00 - Doors will open to players and their guest
11:00/13:00 - Registration, any player not registered by 13.00 will not be in the draw for the day
NOTE: 11:30/12:30 - Tour Card Induction (For new TC holders only)
13:00 - Registration closes and draw takes place
14:00 - Event Begins
20:00 - Event Concludes (Approximately)
Registration times for Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th February:
09:00 - Doors will open to players and their guest
09:00/11:00 Registration, any player not registered by 11.00 will not be in the draw for the that day
11.00 - Registration closes and draw takes place
12:00 - Event Begins
18.00 - Event Concludes (Approximately)
Notice for all PDPA Members on registering your Pro-Tour Guest Passes:
Players will only be allocated ONE NON-TRANSFERABLE bona-fide guest each at the UK Open Qualifiers due to the amount of entries, and they must provide their names and days attending to the Tournament Director Graham Fairhurst via email or call the number underneath no later that 10pm on the Wednesday prior to the mid-week events (Wednesday 31st Jan). If your guest details are not provided, their entry to the event may be refused.
Graham Fairhurst 0191 251 0255 during office hours, Mobile 07930 975240 or email [email protected]
Please note that no one wearing football shirts or shorts of any kind are allowed. Tracksuit bottoms or joggers will be at the discretion of staff if you have a valid reason i.e. a medical issue etc (A medical certificate may be required) No children under 11 years old will be admitted. ID for proof of age may be required. Players need to note that their guests are their responsibility, and they need to make sure that they dress and act appropriately.
The format is best of 11 legs throughout; the player on the left of the draw will throw first for the bull to determine who throws first in odd-numbered legs.
Runner Up £5,000
Semi Finals £2,500
Quarter Finals £2,000
Last 16 £1,500
Last 32 £750
Last 64 £250
Is paid by BACS to the account you have provided details for on the PDC Bank Details Form, and are usually paid within 2 weeks of the event. If you have not provided your bank details please download the form from CLICK HERE
PDC Bank forms will be issued to all new players at the Tour Card Induction, and at all events. You must only provide your own bank details or if you have a licensed agent or your parent/guardian. Proof of your account may be needed to verify it is your account.
Players are reminded about their behaviour and it is your own responsibility to behave in an acceptable manner. Players must not drink alcohol in the playing area, bottled water only is allowed (Not in Glasses) The tournament director has the power to stop a game and award the game to the opponent of any player whom the tournament director decides is behaving in a way which is damaging to the sport, the PDC, the PDPA, its sponsors or broadcasters.
Rules & Dress Code:
These events will be played under Darts Regulation Authority Rules, and in accordance with the PDC Order of Merit rules which are available at www.pdc.tv The full DRA Rule Book is available at www.thedra.co.uk Queries regarding individual attire should be addressed to the ProTour Manager ahead of the event you are participating in.
With regards to footwear, the DRA rule 5.17.1 applies: Players are not permitted to wear jeans: Neither shall they wear trousers or skirts made with courdroy material which has been fashioned in a "Jeans Style". No training shoes will be allowed unless the player provides written medical reasons from a qualified practitioner. The restriction shall apply to any form of "Track Suit" attire. The final decision will rest with the Tournament Director.
Players Please Note: Please be aware that no players or guests are allowed to bring alcoholic drinks into the venue FULL STOP for any of these events. All players and guests will be subject to a bag search by PDC Security before admission to the venue is granted. Only alcoholic drinks bought inside the venue are allowed to be consumed. If you have any alcohol in your bag you need to remove it prior to entering the arena, or you may be subject to a DRA referral.
Smoking & Drinking:
Under UK Law, smoking is not permitted inside this venue. Smokers should use the designated smoking areas outside of the building. Players are only permitted to drink water during a match. No other drinks can be consumed during a match; this includes having a drink from the table behind you whilst your opponent is throwing or between legs. This rule will be strictly observed.
Any player under the age of 18 drinking alcohol will be immediately eliminated from the event, and will be seen to be bringing the game into disrepute. This also includes those over 18s seen to be supplying alcoholic drinks to players under 18.
Players are not allowed to drink any alcohol during play, this includes a break of play i.e. toilet break etc or you will be disqualified and refered to the DRA. Only bottled water is allowed to be consumed during play.
You must switch off your phone when you enter the arena: No internet browsing devices are allowed in the playing area, this includes mobile phones, tablets and PCs. There are also no cameras allowed in the playing area this includes cameras, videos and phones with cameras. The Tournament Directors decision is final.
If you need to make a call, please go to the bar/food area away from the playing area. For an Emergency Number please use the numbers at the bottom of the page.
Should any player have any queries about these events please ring PDC Pro-Tour Manager Keith Bisby on Mobile 07860155885 or call the PDC Head Office on 08712 501 180.during office hours. Email [email protected] Or your PDPA representative Alan Warriner-Little 07798693998 Email [email protected]
Hotels in Wigan:
The PDPA have secured a corporate rate in 2018 at the Wigan Oak Mercure Hotel in Wigan:
Wigan Oak Mercure Hotel, Orchard Street, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom WN1 3SS
This corporate rate is £63.00 Single & £70.00 Twin/Double and this will include:
- Overnight accommodation
- Full Breakfast
- Free WiFI
- Free Parking
- Free Cancellation up to 2pm on day of arrival (If booked individually)
Phone the hotel on 01942 826888 and QUOTE Professional Darts Players. OR email the hotel direct [email protected]
Unlike other bookings on-line you are able to cancel rooms if booked individually up to 2pm on the day of arrival with no charge, but after that it will be chargeable.
There are 3 Premier Inns available in the Wigan within a short drive or taxi to the venue:
- M6 Junction 25
- M6 Junction 26
- The City Centre
CLICK HERE to book your Premier Inn, and add your details for Premier Inns in Wigan
i.e. Add Wigan, your dates and pick your choice of the 3 Premier Inns.
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Travel to the Robin Park, WIGAN
Robin Park Tennis Centre, Loire Drive, Newtown , Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom, WN50UH
From the South: Leave the M6 at J25, turn left at the roundabout onto the A49 towards Wigan. Continue straight over a roundabout a subsequent sets of traffic lights until you reach a large junction called ‘Saddle Junction’. You will see ASDA in front of you, turn left so that you keep ASDA on your right and there will be a fire station on your left (Robin Park Road). At the traffic lights turn right into Loire Drive, follow this road straight across a mini roundabout and round to the back of the shops. The Sports Centre will be on your left and the Arena on your right
From the North: Leave the M6 at J26 turn right onto the A577 signed towards Wigan. Follow the road through 2 sets of traffic lights and arrive at Saddle Junction. Then follow directions above. There is ample free parking on site, please be aware that on match days parking can be more difficult and charges can apply, also on these days make sure you are in a correct parking area.
Robin Park Tennis Centre is an approximate 5 minutes drive from both Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western Railway Stations, £3/£4 in a Taxi.
There is ample parking at Robin Park, NOTE: During match-days it will be very busy and charges can apply.
- Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL / EGGP) is 25 miles from Wigan.
- Manchester International Airport (MAN / EGCC) is 29 miles from Wigan
- Blackpool Airport is 39 miles from Wigan
For your security and safety please use the PDPA official Travel Partner 'Travel Counsellors' are here to help all of our members travel requirements, Katie French and Tina Tomlinson at Travel Counsellors are here to give you travel advice, and a professional service.