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After ruling at Alexandra Palace, darts looks ready to take on the world

The PDC World Darts Championship was another ratings and commercial success, and the sport’s appeal has grown far beyond its stereotypical audience
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In the aftermath of his sensational victory over Phil Taylor in the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on Sunday, Gary Anderson announced his plans to celebrate by doing some DIY. “I’ll be getting some sleep and then I’ll get my tool belt on at home,” he said, as he sipped from a celebratory post-match cup of coffee. “There’s always something that needs doing around the house.” How darts has changed.

While the sport in which this former builder currently plies his trade has never been in ruder health its promoter, Barry Hearn, has also made renovation and redesign a priority. More than 20 years after the acrimonious split from which the PDC emerged to eclipse its ailing darting counterpart the BDO, a sell-out crowd of 2,500 attended this year’s thrilling final but Hearn insists that demand for tickets means more than 10 times that number could have been sold. This year’s decider also attracted record viewing figures on Sky.

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