New snooker championship to be held in SheffieldPosted by: Ashley Birch
Legends of the game are heading to The Crucible this August for the ROKit World Seniors Championship
With just ten days until the World Professional Snooker Championship hits Sheffield, the World Professional Billards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has announced a new major annual snooker tournament that will see the game’s icons go head to head for the ultimate legend title.
The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship is coming to the Crucible Theatre as part of a new partnership with Sheffield City Council to give the city a second major snooker event each year.
Legends such as Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White join a field of 20 players from 16 countries who will battle it out over four days to see who will lift the World Seniors Championship trophy.
Also for the very first time, within their four-day stay, a session will be dedicated to showcase the talents of the World Women’s Snooker (WWS) Tour and the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) Tour.
Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA, said: “It’s great news to place the World Seniors Championship in the venue where our legends created their legacy.
“Being able to use the event to also showcase the talents of the women’s and the disability tours sends an important message for our sport and also opens up the dream of playing in the Crucible Theatre for everyone.”
Paul Billington, Director of Culture and Environment at SCC, said: “We look forward to welcoming snooker’s elite and many visiting fans to Sheffield for what promises to be a thrilling showdown.”
The event takes place from 15 - 18 August and will see 20 of snooker’s best-loved personalities play over 12 sessions across four days, with tickets for all 12 sessions going on sale Thursday 18 April.
Tickets to the women’s and disability sessions can be purchased for just £1.47 with any full price World Seniors ticket.
Tickets will also be available for a VIP meet experience with senior players that will be held on the final day. All tickets will be available through Sheffield Theatres.