Edinburgh Evening News : 2020-08-11

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18 www.edinburghn­ews.com EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020 On the inflatable oche at drive-in Auld Enemy clash Picture: AFP/ GETTY Dalkeith will host internatio­nal arrows match sporting events since the start of lockdown. Up to 250 cars will be admitted to each event to watch dart stars including Scotland’s Ross “The Boss” Montgomery and WDF World Cup team winner Gary Stone take on an English side featuring two-time PDC Champion Adrian “Jack- 2020. Josh Kinnersley, chief operating officer at events producers and promoters XL Event Lab, promised a safe and spectacula­r return to live sporting events in Scotland. He said: “Our Scotland versus England Darts Classic is the first sporting event to be played in front of a live audience in the UK since lockdown began, and it’s fantastic to be able to incorporat­e this into our drive-in tour. “Audiences have been starved of live sports events for the past few months so we’ve used our drive-in mechanic as a means to bring people together in a safe way, while encapsulat­ing the buzz of a live, competitiv­e event. “Safety remains our number one priority and darts, being a non-contact sport played from a stage, is naturally compliant with social distancing guidelines and translates well to a drive-in platform. GEORGE MAIR SCOTLAND’S darts stars will face England in the first sporting encounter played in front of a live audience since lockdown later this month – in a giant inflatable arena. The Auld Enemy “darts classic” will take place on August 20 in an inflatable arena to be set up in Dalkeith Country Park. The drive-in event will see sports fans able to watch from the comfort of their cars. A second match will then be held in Glasgow’s Skyport Park & Ride on September 3. Organisers XL Event Lab said the “Parking Lot Social” tournament would be Scotland’s first live audience “I thought it sounded really interestin­g – and I know that nobody’s done anything like this before” TAKING AIM: Ross Montgomery will be taking part in the tournament at Dalkeith “In light of the past few months, I just can’t wait to be playing darts in front of a live audience again. “And playing against the Scottish lads in their own back yard will definitely give it that extra edge.” “We have the best technology and a custom-made set to bring the tournament to life and give sports fans the best experience possible.” Spectators will watch the event from their own cars, parked in front of a vast custom-made performanc­e set featuring two 40ft screens. Audio will be transmitte­d directly from the stage to custom-made wireless headphones and through a dedicated FM radio channel for listening via the car stereo. The whole event will be hosted by renowned sports MC Paul Booth, whose commentary will be streamed live throughout the night. Leading darts player Adrian Lewis, 35, said: “When I was asked to take part in The Parking Lot Social event I thought it sounded really interestin­g – and I know that nobody’s done anything like this before. PAUL BOOTH pot” Lewis and three-time BDO World Champions Glen “Duzza” Durrant and Martin “Wolfie” Adams. 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