Snooker fans have the unique opportunity to be among a reduced crowd for the Betfred World Championship as a limited number of tickets are now available for the tournament in Sheffield which starts next week.
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Last week the UK Government announced that the Betfred World Championship, which runs from July 31 to August 16, had been selected as the pilot indoor sporting event to allow spectators.
All fans who had tickets for the original dates have been given the chance to keep their tickets, and those who have chosen that option will have seats at the famous Crucible Theatre.
Where the full allocation has not been taken up, tickets are available and it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience one of the biggest events in global sport under unique circumstances.
At a later date next week there may be an additional limited number of tickets available.
Fans will be safely welcomed with all Government guidelines on Covd-19 in place. To ensure that these guidelines are met by following a code of conduct, spectators will be asked to:
– Wear face masks (which will be provided) while moving around the venue, though these can be removed while seated in the arena.
– Head straight into the arena and to their seats once the doors open, which will be 30 minutes before each session.
– Observe social distancing and avoid close contact with others outside their social bubble.
– Observe good hygiene – there will be hand sanitiser stations available.
– Follow signs and instructions from stewards giving directions around the venue.
– Avoid the venue if any member of a party displays Covid-19 symptoms.
– Tickets will only be available online in advance, there will be no sales at the venue.
The full code of conduct will be provided to ticket holders and this is a way of showing respect for public health and all others attending the event.
WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The key message for fans is that we want you to enjoy what will be a remarkable occasion. There is a code of conduct to follow so that spectators can be assured that health and safety is our highest priority.
“A vast amount of work by our own staff, Sheffield Council, the Crucible and the UK Government has gone into the logistics of ensuring that all guidelines can be met and we have total confidence that this will be a successful pilot event. To stage the first indoor sporting event with a crowd is a fantastic triumph for snooker.
“Anyone who has never witnessed the amazing Crucible atmosphere now has the chance to buy a golden ticket. Hopefully next year we will be back to usual circumstances. But the chance to say ‘I was there’ the time the tournament was played with a small crowd is something fans will remember for a lifetime. Those in the arena will be the lucky few.
“We have kept the original ticket prices, starting at just £36, to ensure it is affordable and give fans something to inspire them in these difficult times. But get in there fast because we are expecting every seat to sell very rapidly.
“The very best players in the world, including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, John Higgins, Neil Robertson, defending champion Judd Trump and many more, are ready to put on a spectacular show. This is your chance to be there.”
The event is televised across the planet on broadcasters including BBC, Eurosport and Matchroom Live, with a global audience of 500 million.
The Betfred World Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council.