Raymond van Barneveld has decided to do a farewell tour. 52-year-old Hagenaar would have one special farewell evening after the World Cup, but he now opts for participation in the Kings of Darts in January.
"I have decided to do my farewell something different next year, because many people felt it was a shame that my farewell only takes place in Amsterdam. That is why I join the Kings of Darts," writes Van Barneveld on Facebook on Saturday.
"That way I will also be saying goodbye in the Northern, Southern and Eastern Netherlands. Barney Dome on 8 February will remain the absolute capstone of my career and the last opportunity to see me on the international dart stage."
The Kings of Darts was held for the first time this year and will again take place on different evenings in 2020. The first match day is on 24 January in Den Bosch, followed by evenings in Enschede (26 January) and Groningen (28 January). Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney, among others, are participating.
The career of Van Barneveld in photos
Raymond van Barneveld breaks through in the nineties. He is the first Dutch darter to compete with the world top and in 1995 reached the finals of the Embassy, the unofficial World Cup. © ANP
In 1998 and 1999 De Hagenaar took his first world titles. © ANP
"Barney" in 2005 with Phil Taylor. © ANP
Van Barneveld is also world champion in 2003 and 2005. © ANP
In 2006, Van Barneveld loses in the final of the Lakeside to a young Jelle Klaasen. © ANP
Van Barneveld in 2006 with Michael van Gerwen. © ANP
Van Barneveld decided that year to switch from the BDO to the PDC. On January 1, 2007 he is in the PDC World Cup final for the first time. © ANP
He deals with Phil Taylor in a blistering fight. © ANP
Van Barneveld in 2007 after winning at the Masters of Darts. © ANP
In 2009, Van Barneveld is in the World Cup final for the last time. He loses to Taylor. © ANP
Van Barneveld once won the Premier League and that is in 2014. © Getty Images
On November 19, Van Barneveld announces that he will stop playing darts after next year. © Getty Images
Location of farewell evening Van Barneveld moved
The official farewell evening of Van Barneveld will remain on Saturday, February 8, but the location will be adjusted. The event was first to be held in the Ziggo Dome and is now taking place in the AFAS Live.
During the farewell evening there will be a special competition in which darts legends Phil Taylor, Wayne Mardle, Martin Adams, Richie Burnett and Bobby George compete against former footballers Robin van Persie and Rafael van der Vaart. Various artists will also perform.
The farewell Van Barneveld comes into action for the first time on Saturday night at his last World Cup in London. The five-time world champion competes in the first round against the American Darin Young.
See also: The last World Cup of 'Barney': 'He says goodbye as a damaged man'