The new World Seniors tour has just got bigger!
It’s main event the World Seniors Championship will now be hosted at snooker’s iconic and much-loved venue the Crucible from August this year.
The move means that the 1000 capacity venue will now host both the World Professional Championship and World Seniors Championship four months in between each other as fans will now be able to get their fix of snooker at the iconic venue twice in a year.
Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA said: “It’s great news to place the World Seniors Championship in the venue where our legends created their legacy.
“Being able to use the event to also showcase the talents of the women’s and the disability tours sends an important message for our sport and also opens up the dream of playing in the Crucible Theatre for everyone.”
It comes as the World Seniors Masters is currently going on in Sheffield at the Crucible right now, along with the World Championship qualifiers a few miles down the road at the English Institute of Sport near Sheffield Arena.
The new four-day event will also showcase both the World Women’s Snooker tour and World Disability Snooker tour select players as a way of showcasing snooker to a wider audience.
Fans who don’t get to see snooker at the Crucible will now have a chance to choose whether they want to see the Senior Legends in action, or, the current top stars of the game.
Three-time ranking event winner this season Ronnie O’Sullivan has joked in interviews that he is now “ready for the Seniors tour” – keeping people on edge to know what he might do next should he decide to pack in the professional ranks.
However, with winning in his DNA as a pro and a new perspective on snooker via SightRight, the Rocket is far from finished on the pro tour.
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Aaron Canavan is the current World Seniors Champion.
Cliff Thorburn is currently the World Seniors Masters Champion as the 2019 World Seniors Masters gets underway this week.
The winner of the WSSM gets £7500 and Canavan is playing in the event.
The WSSC event takes place from 15-18 August at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, home of the annual World Snooker Championship since 1977.
Paul Billington, Director of Culture and Environment at SCC, said: “We’re delighted to bring a second major snooker event to Sheffield, the true home of the sport. Many of the legends who will take part in the ROKiT World Seniors Championship made their name in our iconic Crucible Theatre, where this new tournament will also take place.
“As well as the chance to watch legends from the men’s game, this event showcases women’s and disability snooker at the highest level opening up the game to a whole new audience.
“We look forward to welcoming snooker’s elite and many visiting fans to Sheffield for what promises to be a thrilling showdown.”
The competition will see 20 of snooker’s best-loved personalities play over 12 sessions across four days. Tickets go on sale for all 12 sessions on Thursday 18 April.
Tickets to the women’s and disability sessions can be purchased for just £1.47 with any full price World Seniors ticket.
Tickets will also be available for a VIP meet experience with senior players, that will be held on the final day.