World Snooker is back in Sheffield

World Snooker is back in Sheffield

12 April 2021

Held at the Crucible since 1977, this year’s Betfred World Snooker Championship will be the 45th staging of the globally-famous tournament at the iconic venue in Sheffield’s city centre.

And this year it’s a source of pride for the city and the sport as the event will help pave the way back towards normal life for millions of people in the UK.

The tournament has been selected for the UK Government’s Events Research Programme, which will oversee a range of pilot events in Spring and Summer to build evidence on the risks associated with Covid-19 transmission routes, the characteristics of events and surrounding activities, and the extent to which mitigation measures can effectively address these risks.

The evidence from these pilot events will be used to inform the government’s decision around Step 4 of the roadmap and will shape government policy to bring about the phased return of fuller audiences to venues and events up and down England.

So this is not just about snooker, it’s about paving the way for people to get back to visiting theatres, concerts and many other types of indoor entertainment which they love.

The World Snooker Tour, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Theatres have been working tirelessly together in recent weeks to ensure that this project is successful.

Fans who have tickets have already been contacted with the options to keep their ticket, transfer to 2022 or get a full refund.
All remaining tickets will be on general sale from Wednesday 14 April at 12pm. Anyone thinking of coming to the Crucible is encouraged to read the information at and make a personal risk assessment before making a decision.

If you want to be there - then this is your chance! Usually tickets for this event sell out many months in advance so this is a rare opportunity to be inside the venue for one of the world’s great sporting events.

Ronnie O’Sullivan will be defending the title, having beaten Kyren Wilson in last year’s final. Wilson said: "Sheffield is such a special place for all of the players. It's the history, the prestige and it's the spiritual home of our sport. We all get goosebumps just thinking about those moments when you arrive at the Crucible and go inside. Each time it feels very familiar and very special, but every World Championship has a different story and adds new chapter to that history.

"Reaching the final last year was an amazing journey for me. I was gutted not to go home with the trophy, but the memories I have from that fortnight will live with me for a long time.

"It's fantastic that we will have fans this year as we have really missed them so far this season. The feeling of a round of applause when you walk into the arena or make a century gives us such a buzz. The people of Sheffield love snooker and know the game so well, I am thrilled that they will be a part of it this time.

"The players are so grateful to Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Theatres, the staff in the hotels and restaurants, the fans and everyone else who will help us to feel welcome."

The Betfred World Snooker Championships takes places 17 April - Monday 3 May and the full 17 days of the tournament will be broadcast live on BBC Sport and Eurosport. For more info visit: