Perry: “It sounds a lot worse than it actually is. Once you get into the reality of it, it’s a really good set-up”
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 10/07/20 4:42pm
Snooker player Joe Perry takes us behind the scenes at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, which can be the venue for the upcoming World Matchplay.
The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) introduced that this yr’s World Matchplay can be performed behind closed doorways at Marshall Arena from July 18-26 shifting away from its non secular house at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for this yr on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
The match will now – for the first time since being launched in 1994 – be performed behind closed doorways, with the Marshall Arena having the ability to present a protected atmosphere to make sure the secure staging of the occasion.
One man who has first-hand expertise of taking part in below the roof of the Arena in Milton Keyes is snooker player, Perry.
It’s kind of a one-way system the place you have got your check, you are then escorted to your room and you’re actually in your room – like a cell – till you get the outcomes.
The former Masters finalist performed at the current Coral Tour Championship, which was received by Scotland’s Stephen Maguire.
“After this experience, you realise just how much fans bring to sport and how much they’re needed to generate that extra little bit of atmosphere,” Perry informed the Darts Show Podcast.
“From the minute you walk into the building you can tell it’s all very well organised – a real clever operation. It’s sort of a one-way system where you have your test, you’re then escorted to your room and you are literally in your room – like a cell – until you get the results.”
Perry continued: “Once you get the inexperienced gentle for passing your check you then get your wrist band. The lodge was sectioned off into zones so you have acquired your purple zone, the place you are not allowed to go, after which kind of the relaxation of the locations the place you can go. It was all clearly marked out and also you’re simply confined to that space. It’s an enormous space so you may wander about.
“They put the food on in the evenings so everybody could sit together, obviously social distancing, but you could communicate, chat and mingle, which was nice. Some interaction.
“Apart from that you’re working so the day goes fairly fast anyway. It sounds lots worse than it really is. Once you get into the actuality of it, it is a actually good set-up.”
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