This year, NRW will host two major darts events. From 22nd to 24th March 2019, the European Darts Open championship will be held in the Ostermann Arena Leverkusen. The competitors will include world champion Michael van Gerwen. Together with other top players, van Gerwen will again appear from 12th to 13th July 2019 at the German Darts Masters in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, where he will play for the title. After the qualifying rounds on Friday, the quarter- and semi-finals and the final will be held on Saturday afternoon. Up to 30,000 darts fans are expected to arrive in Cologne, making this the largest darts event in the world, according to the organiser.