Snooker: Coming Back Home Differently
25 June 2020
Since 1977 the sport of snooker has had a spiritual home in Sheffield – the Crucible being the venue of choice with its intimate and atmospheric setting. This year the Betfred World Championship will continue this long held tradition, despite the difficulties of hosting a major international tournament, and we can’t wait for it to begin, and for the world to watch.
It’s unclear yet whether any fans will be allowed in to watch the live action (keep your eyes and ears out as the national government guidance updates), but for the millions of fans viewing from home it won’t be that much different.
We’ll miss the buzz in the Crucible and Winter Gardens, we’ll miss seeing the snippets on the BBC filmed all around our wonderful city as players are interviewed, and we’ll miss the chatter of excitement as people watch on the big screen in Tudor Square.
But the excitement of being the home venue remains just as strong. The qualifiers run from 21 -28 July at the English Institute of Sport, and it really hots up when the Betfred World Championship finals begin on Friday 31 July, running to Sunday 16 August.
World Snooker are firmly behind the Make Yourself At Home initiative to give support to the businesses and places that have been welcoming them and become player and visitor favourites over the years.
WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The Betfred World Championship, our biggest tournament, starts from the first ball struck of the opening qualifying round. Everyone dreams of a place at the Crucible, from legends like Jimmy White and Ken Doherty to exciting young talent. The drama of the final round, when places at the Theatre of Dreams are on the line, can barely be matched.”
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said: "Sheffield and the World Snooker Championship go hand in hand. The tournament is an annual highlight of our rich sporting tapestry, so we are thrilled that WST have been able to adapt and overcome the challenges that COVID-19 presents, to allow this global event to take place here in its rightful home.
"I'm certain that the world's best players will still deliver just as much excitement, tension and skill to keep everyone on the edge of their seats, starting with these all important qualifiers in July."
For all the latest information on the World Snooker Championships visit: https://wst.tv/tournaments/betfred-world-championship-2020/