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BDO announces World Championships’ move to London’s O2 

The British Darts Organisation has announced that its World Professional Darts Championships will take place at Indigo at the O2 in London from next year.

The Championships have been held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey for the past 33 years, with the venue becoming synonymous with the BDO’s flagship event since moving there in 1986. The Lakeside Country Club has also been the headline partner of the tournament since 2004.

Indigo at the O2 is a live venue within the larger O2 arena with capacity for up to 2,750 seats, more than double that available at the Lakeside, although it is unclear at the moment what capacity the configuration for a darts event will allow.

Glen Durrant’s victory at this year’s tournament will make him the last BDO world champion to be crowned in Surrey. After winning in January, Durrant announced that he would be leaving the BDO to join rival circuit the Professional Darts Corporation.

A BDO statement read: “After four decades of this prestigious competition residing at The Lakeside, we are excited to announce that the new home of the BDO World Professional Darts Championships is Indigo at the O2, London.

“Moving to The O2, the most popular venue in the world, is an amazing opportunity and we look forward to working with the O2 and their partners over the coming years to develop a new future for the BDO World Professional Darts Championships.”