To celebrate the one-year countdown, organisers have also released a rallying poem.
After announcing his retirement as a professional darts player in 2018, it’s been confirmed that the career of Raymond van Barneveld, also known as Barney, will be celebrated at farewell event in his home country next year.
For one night only on 8 February 2020, the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands will be renamed the Barney Dome in the retiring player’s honour.
The event will be full of memories, entertainment, music, stories from friends and family of Barney and of course, lots of darts.
Legends of the sport including Phil ‘the Power’ Taylor, Wayne Mardle, Martin Adams, Richie Burnett and Bobby George will be competing against Barney, alongside other celebrities including Dutch international footballers Robin Van Persie and Rafael Van der Vaart, to win the Barney Dome Cup.
“It is an incredible honour to be offered such an evening as a farewell,” reflects Barneveld, “I look forward to seeing some of the people I have met during my career again, I don’t even know half of what’s coming on the night itself, but the competition in which experienced dart players compete with Dutch celebrities promises to be a spectacle. No one can predict the outcome; I am really looking forward to that.”
They’ll also be a live performance on the night from Dutch rock band Navarone, who will play during the player walk-ons, as well as showcasing some of Barney’s favourite tunes.
One of the most recognisable characters of the sport, Barney began competing in 1984 at the age of 17 years old. He is a five-time World Darts Champion and between January to June 2008 was ranked as the No.1 player in the world. The champion’s rivalry with Phil Taylor will go down as one of the most competitive in the history of darts.
In November 2018, Raymond van Barneveld announced he would retire, intending to finish his career at the 2020 PDC World Championships.
For one night only, fans will be able to say farewell to a darts legend, when the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam is turned into the Barney Dome.
Here’s the date:
8 February 2020 – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam
Tickets for Barney Dome – Farewell To The Legend will be available from 9:00 Saturday 8 June 2019 through our friends at Ticketmaster Netherlands