Snooker’s BetVictor Northern Ireland Open will be among the first sporting events to take place in Belfast without social distancing, and fans are expected to pack the Waterfront Hall to see the world’s greatest stars.
Following the announcement this week that social distancing is no longer required in Northern Ireland in certain indoor settings, WST can confirm that the snooker event which runs from October 9 to 17 in central Belfast CAN go ahead with capacity crowds.
The field will be loaded with the best players on the planet including Judd Trump, Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, home favourite Mark Allen and many more.
Tickets for all sessions are still available and start at just £7 – amazing value for the chance to see top class live sport. FOR TICKET DETAILS CLICK HERE
Judd Trump has beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final in each of the last three years
“The atmosphere inside the Waterfront Hall when the top stars walk into the arena is going to be absolutely sensational,” said a WST spokesman. “We are thrilled by the decision to allow our event to go ahead without social distancing because fans have been starved of these major sporting events for a long time and there is a huge appetite to return and enjoy the excitement that live sport can offer.
“Now that this news has been confirmed, many sessions are expected to sell out fast so tickets must be booked quickly. The Waterfront is one of the most popular venues on the circuit for the players, we know how much people in Northern Ireland love snooker.
“Fans can be reassured that, based on the government guidelines, all necessary measures will be taken to minimise the risk of virus transmission. We have successfully staged over 30 snooker events since the start of the pandemic and proved our ability to keep public safety as the highest priority.
“This is an opportunity to see all of the best players during snooker’s golden age, when the standard of play and level of entertainment is higher than ever.”
Here’s all the key information for ticket holders:
- You will not be required to socially distance, however please keep face to face contact to a minimum at all times.
- You will need to wear a face covering throughout your time inside the venue, unless eating or drinking.
- All ticket holders aged 18 and over, will need to provide one of the following:
- Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (a full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
- Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
- Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period
All ticket holders will be required to complete this COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.
Please CLICK HERE for all relevant information.
The BetVictor Northern Ireland Open will feature over 70 players battling for the famous Alex Higgins Trophy. Trump is aiming to win the title for a fourth consecutive year – remarkably he has beaten O’Sullivan 9-7 in each of the last three finals.
The opening Sunday of the tournament, October 10th, features no fewer than 13 of the world’s top 16 players, the ultimate Snooker Super Sunday!
Local players Mark Allen, Jordan Brown and young amateurs Robbie McGuigan and Christopher Clifford are also in the line-up. For the first round match schedule click here.
The BetVictor Northern Ireland Open is the first of the season’s BetVictor Home Nations series and will be televised by Eurosport and a range of broadcasters worldwide.