Before this weekend’s US Masters at the legendary Madison Square Garden, some of darts’ most well-known players have been taking in the sights of New York City.
The Masters is the first tournament in the PDC’s World Series of Darts, which will take place in cities around the world, including Australia and New Zealand, before concluding in Amsterdam in September. The PDC representatives have been out and about in New York, participating in media appearances, ahead of the tournament, which takes place on Friday and Saturday.
Fallon Sherrock did some filming at Walter’s Bar near Penn Station, while world champion Peter Wright posed for a photo in front of the Flat Iron Building, decked out in his gregarious match outfit. Jonny Clayton took in the sights from the top of the Empire State Building, and James Wade went to see the Yankees baseball team. Michael Smith tweeted a picture from Times Square, and Jonny Clayton took in the sights from the top of the Empire State Building. Meanwhile, the PDC shared a photo of Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, Wade, and Wright sharing a meal together.
Peter Wright in front of the Flat Iron Building
As the sport seeks to establish itself in the lucrative American market, the event in New York is seen as critical. Eddie Hearn, the chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), recently stated that he believes darts are ready to take off in the United States.
According to USA Today Sports, “This event is the beginning of the American journey.” “It’s not just that anyone can play darts; it’s also that the live show is a lot of fun.” It has enormous potential, in my opinion.”
Hearn understands the American market and is confident that sports fans will embrace the sport’s characters, having promoted boxing in the United States.
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Gerwyn Price, James Wade, and Peter Wright are Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, and James Wade.
Michael Smith in Times Square
“These guys are our working-class heroes,” he said, in a world where top athletes can be arrogant and disconnected from the general public.
“They are regular people who have played a sport that is primarily played in pubs and small leagues and have worked their way up through the system to start earning millions of dollars a year, and they are grateful.”
“It’ll take some time, but the best thing that can happen is that the US market will observe it.” They’ll applaud it and watch it on TV. I’m thinking about bringing it to Madison Square Garden in New York, knowing that there will be a lot of Brits and ex-pats there, and that the American audience will think, “This is crazy, we like this.”