Tickets for the 2011 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre have been selling at record levels, with many sessions already sold out.
The tournament runs from April 16 to May 2 and it’s one of the most keenly-anticipated events on the sporting calendar, as the best cue-ball wizards on the planet compete for the famous trophy and £250,000 top prize.
The top 16 line up was confirmed after the recent Welsh Open, with Australian Neil Robertson to defend his title at the Crucible against such star performers as Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and Sheffield-based Ding Junhui. They will be joined by the 16 players who come through the qualifiers at the English Institute of Sport which end on Sunday.
The last four days of the tournament, as well as several other sessions, are completely sold out. Overall, sales are up around 15 per cent on last year.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “This year we decided to change the way we sell tickets for the Championship, getting rid of the old postal booking system and allowing all fans to buy tickets much earlier with an open telephone and online service. .
“The change has proved very successful and this is reflected in the fantastic figures for ticket sales. There’s still six weeks until the event starts so I’m urging anyone who hasn’t got tickets yet to get them booked up as I want to see every session sold out. People in Sheffield love their snooker, and we’re getting more and more fans from overseas each year which is very encouraging.
“The atmosphere at the Crucible really is one of the most magical anywhere in the world, and with the incredible standard of snooker the top guys are producing now, this is really an event not to be missed. We’re looking forward to working with Betfred.com and our partners in the City of Sheffield to make this an outstanding tournament.”
To buy tickets call 0844 6565 147 or visit www.worldsnooker.com/world
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