The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) has announced new events in Brisbane and Vienna for the 2018 World Series of Darts, with the Austrian capital set to become the new home of the end-of-season finals.
The ongoing global expansion of the World Series of Darts will see six worldwide events followed by the finals, which will be held from November 2-4 at the Multiversum Schwechat arena in Vienna.
The season finale to the annual World Series has traditionally been held at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, but the venue has dropped off the calendar completely for 2018.
Brisbane’s new event will be held as part of a three-leg Australasian swing. The Auckland Darts Masters takes place from August 3-5 at the Trusts Arena, with the sport's top names returning to New Zealand for the fourth staging of the event.
The action then moves to Australia, with the second Melbourne Darts Masters taking place from August 10-12 at the Hisense Arena before the inaugural Brisbane Darts Masters, from August 17-19 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Brisbane’s addition means Dubai drops off the calendar for this season, with all other hosts remaining the same. The year’s events will begin with the second staging of the German Darts Masters, with a one-day competition being held on May 25 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
The players will then return to Las Vegas, with the North American Championship to be followed by the second U.S. Darts Masters, which will be held at Mandalay Bay from July 5-7. July’s double-header will then see the third Shanghai Darts Masters held on July 13-14 at the Pullman Hotel Shanghai South, before the three events in New Zealand and Australia head into Vienna’s Finals.
The world's current top four players - Michael van Gerwen (pictured), Peter Wright, world champion Rob Cross and Gary Anderson - will compete in each of the six international events.