2017 marks 40 years since the World Snooker Championship was first held at the iconic Crucible theatre in Sheffield.
As the host of the world’s biggest, richest and most prestigious tournament in snooker, Sheffield shines on the world stage. Each year thousands of fans come from around the world to make the pilgrimage to the Crucible and this year set a new record for ticket sales, with most sessions sold out months in advance. Some diehard fans even stay for the full duration of the 17 day tournament.
In 2016, the event was watched by over 200 million people in 89 different countries, with 113 million of those in China.
Sheffield fought off competition from major international cities to retain its title as the home of snooker and last year World Snooker announced that they would be staying in Sheffield for the next 10 years. The championship will therefore celebrate its 50th Anniversary in Sheffield in 2027.
A programme of commemorative activity is set to celebrate the championship’s 40th Anniversary in the city, including a special star-studded event on Friday 14 April, which will see a host of former champions and officials join with this year’s competitors to reflect on 40 years of the sport in Sheffield.
Seventeen days of competitive playing reaches its climax, as the World Snooker Championship Final takes place this weekend, concluding on Bank Holiday Monday. So who will be crowned King of the Crucible in the tournament's landmark 40th year in Sheffield? If you’re not lucky enough to have a ticket, why not soak up some of the atmosphere and watch the action live on the big screen in Tudor Square, along with street food stalls and live street entertainment from Granny Turismo.