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Fans Set to Attend World Snooker Championship

The tournament has been chosen as part of another pilot scheme set up by the United Kingdom government.

It is looking increasingly more likely that there will be fans at the 2021 World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

On Saturday, it was announced that the World Championship will be among a number of events across the sport and entertainment industry to be utilised in a new pilot scheme.

The data from these test-runs, which also includes the FA Cup final, will be used to facilitate more widespread access to venues for the public during the summer and beyond.

Snooker, of course, was part of another pilot scheme for fans last year that coincided with the rescheduled 2020 World Championship in July and August.

The initiative lasted just one morning before COVID-19 community spikes enforced its immediate postponement, although a small audience did witness Ronnie O’Sullivan win the final just over two weeks later.

Since then, there have been no crowds at any snooker events with the majority of the tournaments throughout the 2020/21 campaign played at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

It is not yet known how may snooker fans will be allowed to attend this year’s edition of the World Championship, which gets under way in just over a month’s time.

World Snooker Tour chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are thrilled to once again be selected as a crucial participant in the UK government’s progress towards leading us out of the coronavirus pandemic and back on the road to normal life.”

“This research programme will provide evidence required to show that people can get back to doing some of the leisure activities they love, such as visiting theatres, indoor concerts, and sporting events.

“It is yet another challenge for us, but so far over the past year we have risen to every challenge and met it successfully.

“We have proved again and again that we can stage events where the safety of the players, officials, and fans is paramount.

“The Betfred World Championship will be no different and we look forward to working day and night over the next few weeks, alongside our Government advisors, to ensure that all necessary measures are in place.

“This is fabulous news for the players, who have really missed the buzz of playing in front of a crowd. The atmosphere on the first morning at the Crucible will be better than ever, and for those lucky few who have a golden ticket it will be an amazing experience.

“Snooker continues to lead the way in the sporting world as we fight back against difficult times.”

Featured photo credit: WPBSA

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