Good news for snooker fans, they will be allowed in from July 31 to August 16 to watch all games. The Snooker Championship will pilot the safe return of fans into sporting events. There will be a minimal amount of fans at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had announced a few days ago that fans could safely return to stadiums. “We will restart indoor performances to live audience, subject to the success of the pilot, and we will also pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadia, with a view to a wider reopening in Autumn.” Boris Johnson had said in a press briefing.
Snooker Championship is one of the sporting events that has been carefully selected, providing the opportunity to stress test the Government’s guidance on the return of fans into sporting events.
Barry Hearn, World Snooker Tour Chairman, welcomes the decision to have spectators at every session of the tournament as the only indoor sporting event with a crowd so far
“Following extensive discussions with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and sport and Nigel Huddleston MP in recent weeks, we are delighted that the World Championship has been picked among the minimal number of sports events for this pilot project,” He said in a statement.
“We will be the only indoor sporting event with a crowd. This highlights the Government’s confidence in Snooker and our ability to safely welcome back fans at one of the biggest sporting events on the planet,” Hearn added.
He continued to talk about how lucky some fans will be to be able to witness the event in a time like this, and he makes it clear that tickets available will be limited.
“This marvelous news for the small number of spectators lucky enough to have kept their tickets for what will be a unique occasion at the Crucible. Every single one who chose the option to keep their seats for this year will be given a place. And the limited number of tickets on general sale will be snapped up quickly by fans who now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this world-famous event live” he added
The defending champion Judd Trump will get the tournament underway on July 31 with other Stars in action. Trump will be aiming to defend his World title.
Snooker was also one of the very first sporting activity to have bounced back from the sporting lockdown when it had staged the Championship League tournament in Milton Keynes in the first week of June.
The Tour chairman guarantees the health and safety of players of fans
Some of the players still have concerns about their health and safety, five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan told reporters last week that he could pull out of the tournament if any fans were allowed in because of safety concerns. We are yet to hear from him again.
Hearn continued to assure fans that their health and safety will be guaranteed because they will see to it that the safety protocols laid down by the Government will be followed. He believes this one in a lifetime event will be unique and special because this is the first and last time it will happen this way.
Hearn acknowledged the fact that some players were worried that the tournament will not be the same without fans and are now thrilled by the fact that they are among the first sports events to welcome spectators.
He mentions what he wants players to do at this moment. Using common sense, following relevant guidelines, and behaving responsibly.
He has also praised the sport for being the pacesetter in all of this. “From the beginning of this crisis, we have remained positive, worked towards opportunities, and maintained a constant dialogue with the Government. We have been the pacesetters for the return of live sport, staging two successful tournaments already, and now we will be the first to host fans at an indoor event. Everyone involved in getting to this point has worked extremely hard, and my gratitude goes to them.”
It’s incredible how sports try to bring us joy even in these times of distress, fans will be very grateful for this development and will make it a point to be available for the championships, to see if Judd Trump will win again this year, or will be defeated