Snooker Trips https://snookertrips.com Travel tips for Snooker buffs all over the world! Sun, 27 Sep 2020 08:38:50 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://snookertrips.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cropped-SnookerTrips-32x32.jpg Snooker Trips https://snookertrips.com 32 32 89671608 World Snooker Championship 2021 – Sheffield https://snookertrips.com/world-snooker-championship-2021-sheffield/ https://snookertrips.com/world-snooker-championship-2021-sheffield/#respond Sun, 27 Sep 2020 08:37:49 +0000 https://snookertrips.com/?p=371 The 2021 World Snooker Championship will once again be played in the Snooker capital of the world, Sheffield. This is the 44th consecutive time that the championship will take place in the legendary Crucible Theatre. The 16 top players in the world will play against 16 qualifiers, who have to go through an arduous qualification […]

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The 2021 World Snooker Championship will once again be played in the Snooker capital of the world, Sheffield. This is the 44th consecutive time that the championship will take place in the legendary Crucible Theatre. The 16 top players in the world will play against 16 qualifiers, who have to go through an arduous qualification tournament. Everything leads up to the climax, the final, which will be played over two days and which may require an incredible 35 frames to be decided. The reigning world champion is Ronnie O’Sullivan, who defeated Kyren Wilson by 18-8 in the 2020 final.

Where?

The Snooker World Championship will once again be played in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, just a few hundred yards from the train station and close to all the major hotels and sights. The Crucible has hosted the World Snooker Championship ever since 1977, and at the beginning of the 2017 championships, World Snooker boss Barry Hearn announced, that he had made an agreement with the City of Sheffield that the World Snooker Championship will be played there until at least 2027.

Why not book your hotel for the Snooker World Championship 2021 now, before they all sell out? Most can be booked and cancelled free of charge. Click here to see available Sheffield hotels.

When?

The World Snooker Championship 2021 is scheduled to be played from April 17 until May 3, 2021. Due to Covid-19 it is likely to be played in front of a reduced audience, but most likely will not be re-scheduled.

Once the tournament commences, play will take place on two tables simultaneously up to and including the quarterfinals. 1st round is best of 19 frames, second round and the quarterfinals are best of 25, the semifinals are best of 33 and the final is best of 35 frames.

From the World Snooker Championship 2013
From the World Snooker Championship 2013

Tickets for the World Snooker Championship 2021 – and where to get them?

A limited number of tickets will go on sale on September 28, 2020, at 12PM. Remaining tickets will be released at some later date, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Tickets can only be bought online from the Crucible Theatre or from World Snooker’s official ticketing partner SeeTickets. Tickets usually go extremely fast, and the 2020 Final was sold out in minutes.

Tickets are £36-£40 for a 1st round session, £40-45 for a 2nd round session, £55 for a session in the quarter-finals, £75-80 for a semifinal session and £110-120 per session for the final. Premium tickets are available for all sessions at a price of £90 for a 1st round session and up to £170 for the fourth session of the final. Premium tickets include prime view seating, a 2021 Event Programme and a commentary radio.

VIP packages, which includes dinner, drinks and a meeting with a legend, are available from £325 per session, but only for the semifinals and the final.

Where to stay for the World Snooker Championship 2021?

There are a number of good hotels in Sheffield close to the Crucible Theatre. Recommended options are the 4-starred Novotel and Mercure, both of them very close to the Crucible, and both of them used by World Snooker. In 2015, finalist Stuart Bingham praised the Mercure for their hospitality during the tournament. Budget travellers are recommended to try the nearby Ibis Sheffield Centre, which is usually good value for money. Other Sheffield hotels are available here.

Remember to book early, as the World Snooker Championships draws a lot of people to visit Sheffield. For most of the hotels recommended above, it is possible to book them early without paying a deposit and to cancel them for free, if you don’t need it after all.

Going to Sheffield for the World Snooker Championship 2021

There are good flight connections to most of Europe as well as overseas to/from Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport, both of which are about 1½ hrs by train from Sheffield. Tickets from the airports to Sheffield can be had from around £10 for a single if you book your ticket in advance. If you do not, you may have to pay up to around £30. It is also possible to go from London St. Pancras in about 2 hours – those tickets are available from around £15 if bought well in advance. Train tickets can be purchased from www.tpexpress.co.uk.

For some, flying into Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport might be an option, but this is mostly a possibility for Eastern European travellers flying Wizz Air, or for visitors arriving from Amsterdam, Ireland or the Channel Islands with FlyBe.

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Snooker and Covid19/CoronaVirus https://snookertrips.com/snooker-and-covid19-coronavirus/ https://snookertrips.com/snooker-and-covid19-coronavirus/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:10:30 +0000 https://snookertrips.com/?p=349 GENERAL UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2020: Snooker tournaments are currently being played without an audience. They are still being televised on BBC and Eurosport. It is possible to purchase a limited number of tickets for some future tournaments, including the 2020 UK Championship, The 2021 Masters Tournament and the 2021 World Championship subject to any […]

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GENERAL UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2020: Snooker tournaments are currently being played without an audience. They are still being televised on BBC and Eurosport. It is possible to purchase a limited number of tickets for some future tournaments, including the 2020 UK Championship, The 2021 Masters Tournament and the 2021 World Championship subject to any conditions and limitations that may be in place due to Covid-19 at the time of the tournament.

(The following was written on April 27, 2020, and is no longer up to date) In recent weeks, most major and even minor sports events have been cancelled across the globe due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus / Covid19. This also applies to the world of snooker, although some tournaments have actually been played. Continue reading this article for an overview of how Coronavirus affects snooker.

Status per April 27, 2020

As of April 27, 2020, the Coral Tour Championship which should have been played in late March in the Welsh seaside resort of Llandudno, has been postponed until this summer. It will instead be played from July 21 to 26. Tickets will be transferred automatically to the rescheduled dates, or they can be refunded by contacting the Venue Cymru box office.

In contrast, the 2020 European Snooker Championships for amateurs took place as planned in the Portuguese seaside town of Albufeira. This happened despite heavy criticism from players and commentators, and in total ignorance of the fact that Portugal closed its borders partially on Tuesday, March 17. On March 18, a state of emergency was declared. The editor of the European Billiards and Snooker Association website seemed to be blissfully unaware of these facts, and they wrote about the championship as if the outside world did not exist.

Returning to events organised by WST, the one-day Challenge Tour Play-off for one of the coveted two-year cards for the World Snooker Tour was scheduled to be played on March 29 in Clacton on Sea. It has now been postponed until further notice.

And then there is the question on everybody’s mind: What will happen to the 2020 Betfred World Championship? Well, the qualifiers were scheduled to be played from April 8 to 15, with the main tournament taking place in Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre from April 18 to May 4. On March 20, World Snooker announced that the 2020 Snooker World Championship will be postponed until July or August. Prior to this, it also emerged that Sheffield Theatres (including the Crucible) has cancelled all performances until at least April 5. Considering the current development and spread of the Coronavirus, this seems like the proper decision. Even if played with closed doors, playing the tournament would expose players, refs, other officials and technicians to the coronavirus, and it would probably also be in violation of government guidelines. The tournament has now been rescheduled to take place from July 31 to August 16 with the qualifiers being played at some point before that time. As there is no way telling how to Covid19 outbreak will develop in the coming months, World Snooker has also said that it is possible that the tournament will be played with a reduced crowd, with no crowd, and that it may even be postponed even further if conditions are not alright at the of July.

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German Masters 2021 – Berlin Tempodrom https://snookertrips.com/german-masters-2021-berlin-tempodrom/ https://snookertrips.com/german-masters-2021-berlin-tempodrom/#respond Sun, 02 Feb 2020 13:05:19 +0000 https://snookertrips.com/?p=335 In the early parts of 2021, it will be time, once again, for German Masters, one of the most popular tournaments amongst players and audience alike on the World Snooker Tour. The Sunday final is often attended by a record 2,500 snooker enthusiasts in Berlin’s central and iconic Tempodrome venue. It is located a mere […]

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In the early parts of 2021, it will be time, once again, for German Masters, one of the most popular tournaments amongst players and audience alike on the World Snooker Tour. The Sunday final is often attended by a record 2,500 snooker enthusiasts in Berlin’s central and iconic Tempodrome venue. It is located a mere 10 minutes walk from famous landmarks such as Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie, and it can be reached via public transport from pretty much anywhere in the city in no more than 30 minutes.

Where is The Masters 2021 to be played?

The tournament is being played in the large concert and event venue Tempodrom, right in the middle of the capital near the former no man’s land between East and West Berlin. Tempodrom has been highly praised by players, referees and guests for being the perfect setting for a major snooker tournament. In 2014, top ref Jan Verhaas referred to it as “the best snooker venue in the world, by far“, and in 2015, Shaun Murphy gave it a spot on his personal top three alongside London’s Ally Pally and The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

It’s only a short 5-10 minutes walk to go to the famous Potsdamer Platz and its various entertainment offers and high rises, and it is also no more than 10 minutes to the equally renowned Friedrichstrasse on which lies Checkpoint Charlie. Right next to Tempodrom is the S-Bahn station Anhalter Bahnhof (local trains), and there are a massive four U-Bahn (Underground) stations within a 10-minute radius, in addition to which there is a lot of bus routes running nearby.

When will German Masters 2021 be played?

German Masters will take place from Wednesday, January 27 until Sunday, January 31, 2021.

How do I get tickets for German Masters 2021?

Tickets are available in different price ranges, and the least expensive ones are among the cheapest on the entire snooker tour. You can get a Category 2 ticket for the afternoon session of day 1 for just €18,50, while a Category 1 ticket for the evening session of that same day will set you back just €22,85. You can also get a ticket for all sessions on the first three days for just €102,35, which is really good value for money, especially as three sessions will be played on the 28th.

But if you want to go all-in, you should check out the VIP Silver (Wednesday-Friday) and VIP Gold (Saturday and Sunday) tickets. These will cost you between €200 and €300, but they come with the best seats in the arena, access to the players lounge, free food and drink and a merchandise package. The VIP Silver ticket is valid for all of the first three days, while the gold tickets are only valid for either the semifinals on Saturday or the final on Sunday. These are also among the cheapest and best-value-for-money VIP tickets on the tour. A similiar experience at the Masters in Alexandra Palace will cost you at least twice as much.

Tickets went on sale shortly after the final of German Masters 2020, and even though Tempodrom is a massive venue, it is advised that you get your tickets as soon as possible, especially if you want some of the special VIP ones. You can get your German Masters tickets from the organiser, SnookerStars.

Where to stay in Berlin during German Masters?

Considering its status as one of the most modern and famous world capitals, Berlin is amazingly cheap when it comes to hotels. The Potsdamer Platz area is one of the most expensive ones, though, as most of the buildings there are newly-built. Right across the street from the Tempodrom is Mövenpick, and on the other side of the intersection is the three starred apartment hotel Novotel Suite and the budget hotel Ibis Budget City. Other hotels, including the highrises on nearby Potsdamer Platz, are available via booking.com.

Getting to Berlin

Berlin is a major hub with two international airports and frequent flight connections from most of the world. Try Momondo.com for plane tickets.

If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to leave them via the comments form below. The webmaster has been to German Masters (and a lot of other snooker tournaments) several times, and he knows a bit or two about the tournament and the city of Berlin.

Photos from earlier editions of German Masters

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The Masters 2021 – Alexandra Palace, London https://snookertrips.com/dafabet-masters-2021/ https://snookertrips.com/dafabet-masters-2021/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:50:41 +0000 https://snookertrips.com/?p=277 The Masters is one of the Triple Crown tournaments of snooker – as such it might be compared to a tennis Grand Slam or a golf Major. It is the only one of the Triple Crown tournaments that does not give any ranking points, but the winner will receive an impressive £250,000. Even so, it […]

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The Masters is one of the Triple Crown tournaments of snooker – as such it might be compared to a tennis Grand Slam or a golf Major. It is the only one of the Triple Crown tournaments that does not give any ranking points, but the winner will receive an impressive £250,000. Even so, it is guaranteed to be world class, as only the 16 best players in the world rankings are invited, and it is also one of the biggest venues on the snooker tour with a crowd of around 2,000 in attendance for most sessions.

Where is The Masters 2021 to be played?

The tournament is played in “Ally Pally” – Alexandra Palace – which was built way back in 1873. The venue is located in green surroundings in the northern parts of London between Wood Green and Muswell Hill, and it features one of the best views of London’s skyline in the distance. The nearest tube station (20-25 min. walk) is Wood Green, from where it is a 20 minutes ride on the Picadilly line to the very center of London (Covent Garden, Picadilly Circus). A bit closer – about 10 minutes walking distance – is the Alexandra Palace Rail station, with frequent connections to Kings Cross St. Pancras. There are also frequent bus services going up to Alexandra Palace all through the day from the Finsbury Park and Wood Green tube stations.

When will The Masters 2021 be played?

The tournament will take place from January 10 to January 17, 2021. The first round matches will be played one at a time (ie. no simultaneous matches) from January 10 to 13, with one match at 1 PM and one match at 7 PM local (UK) time. On January 14-15 the four quarterfinals will be played. On January 16 it is time for the semifinals, and on January 17, we have the grand final. All matches up until and including the semifinals are played as best of 11, while the final itself is best of 19, with 8 frames being played in the first session and up to 11 frames in the last session.

How do I get tickets for The Masters 2021?

Tickets went on sale on the day of the 2020 Dafabest Masters final, Sunday, January 19, 2020. It is recommended that you get your tickets as soon as possible, especially if you want to attend the final or the semifinals.

Prices range from £29 for an afternoon session in the first round up to £61 per session for the final. All-day tickets are available from £30 (1st round, Monday to Wednesday) up to £109 for the final. For a limited time, it is possible to get first round tickets for 50% off, subject to availability.

Some premium tickets are also available, which include seating in the front five rows as well as a complimentary earpiece (commentary radio) and programme. However, if you want the truly exclusive and luxurious experience, go for the VIP Booth or Century Club tickets. This include food and drinks and exclusive seating, either in comfortable sofas at the baulk end of the table (the VIP Booth tickets), or in the sound-proofed Century Club lounge with its own bar and a bird’s eye view of the table. These luxury tickets also include other benefits such as the possibility of a meet and great with a snooker legend, VIP parking spaces etc., but they will cost you. A Century Club ticket for just the afternoon session of the final will set you back £465, while luxury tickets for other sessions are slightly less expensive.

Get your tickets for the Dafabet Masters 2021 from World Snooker/SeeTickets now.

Where to stay?

There are some smaller hotels – basically Bed and Breakfasts – within 1-2 miles of Alexandra Palace. If you want something bigger and better, the best option is probably to find a hotel near the city center close to the Picadilly tube line or in the Kings Cross/St Pancras area of London with direct rail connections to Alexandra Park Rail Station. For an upscale experience near Kings Cross, try the 16-storey Pullman St Pancras with impressive views of London or the luxurious St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, which is virtually located in the Victorian station building station itself.

Another option could be one of the many hotels of all types near Russell Square. Russell Square is close to a lot of London’s major sights and museums but is also well connected with buses and the tube station Russell Square, from where there is a direct connection to Wood Green near Alexandra Palace. A charming 5-star hotel could be the recently renovated Russell Hotel (now known as The Principal), but there are a lot of hotels – also cheap ones – to choose from near Russell Square. Hotel rooms in this area start at about £70/night for a single room, while a suite in one of the better hotels can cost you several hundred pounds a night. You can book your London hotel at booking.com.

Getting to London

Few cities in the world are as well connected plane-wise as London. Pretty much all major airlines in the world have scheduled and frequent flights to one of London’s five airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, and London City Airport).

From Heathrow, the Picadilly tube line takes you directly to the city center in an hour, and it continues on to Wood Green near Alexandra Palace. It is also possible (and more expensive) to board the Heathrow Express which arrives at Paddington Station in 15 minutes, and is a lot more comfortable than the tube.

From Stanstead, the Stanstead Express will take you to Liverpool Street Station in ca. 45 minutes, or you can stop at Tottenham Hale and take the tube onwards to Kings Cross for a total transport time of around 50 minutes. Busses are also available.

From Gatwick, you can take the Gatwick Express to Victoria in about 30 minutes, while it takes just under an hour to go on the slower standard train to Blackfriars.

All major rail stations in London are well connected to the tube network.

Photos from Dafabet Masters

Photo of the snooker arena at Alexandra Palace with a snooker table in the middle an spectators around it
The Alexandra Palace snooker arena – home of the Dafabet Masters
Photo of the Paul Hunter Masters trophy
The Paul Hunter trophy to be won at the Masters

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UK Championship 2020 – York https://snookertrips.com/uk-championship-2020-york/ https://snookertrips.com/uk-championship-2020-york/#respond Sat, 07 Dec 2019 19:57:50 +0000 https://snookertrips.com/?p=271 The second most prestigious snooker tournament of the year and one of just three Triple Crown tournaments is the UK Championship 2020. It is once again being played in the old Viking capital of York, which is in itself an amazing city to visit in December. It is an ancient and very festive city, and the […]

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The second most prestigious snooker tournament of the year and one of just three Triple Crown tournaments is the UK Championship 2020. It is once again being played in the old Viking capital of York, which is in itself an amazing city to visit in December. It is an ancient and very festive city, and the tournament brings forward the best in the players. 

Where?

The UK Championship 2020 is being played in the Barbican just outside the old city walls of York, 10-15 minutes walk from the famous Parliament Square Christmas market and 20 minutes from the York Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe. The city is also known for its chocolate specialities, ghost tours and a host of other arrangements for the entire family. For those same reasons, it is a good idea to book your hotel well in advance.

Want to skip all the details and just need to know how to book tickets and where to stay? That’s OK. We’ll tell you right away. You can get your tickets for the Snooker UK Championship 2020 via Ticketmaster. For hotels in York, we suggest you book via Booking.com. We particularly recommend Novotel York which is just a 5-minute walk from the Barbican and is also used by several of the players and pundits. But please read on, if you want some more info and tips about the UK Championship tournament.

When will the UK Championship 2020 be played?

The UK Championship 2020 will be played from November 24 to December 6, 2020. 128 players are expected to take part in the tournament, playing on 8 simultaneous tables in the first and second rounds (four in the arena and four in a hall nearby), four tables in the third round (all in the arena), two tables in the fourth round and the quarterfinals, and just a single table set-up for the semi-finals and the grand final itself. All rounds up to and including the semi-finals are played as best of 11 frames, and the final is best of 19 frames. 

How do I get tickets for the UK Championship 2020?

You can get tickets for the UK Championship 2020 online from Ticketmaster. The box office opened on the day of the final of the UK Championship 2019, Sunday, December 8. It is recommended that you get your tickets as soon as possible if you want to attend the final or the semifinals. 

Getting ready for the UK Championship final 2015
Getting ready for the UK Championship final 2015. MC Rob Walker to the left, BBC presenter Hazel Irvine to the right.

The prices for the 2020 edition of the UK Championship are still to be confirmed at the time of writing this article. In 2019, the standard price for all-day tickets for the 1st, non-televised round (128 players) were £12. All-day tickets for the 2nd to 4th rounds were £14-33, Quarterfinals were £26-30 per session or £49 for a day, Semifinals were £68 for the entire day, and an all-day ticket for the final was £78. VIP or Premium tickets for the UK Championship are generally not available.

Where to stay near the UK Champions 2020 venue?

York usually has a lot of visitors in December, and there are many hotels to choose from in and near the city centre. It is, however, not inexpensive. Closest to the Barbican is the 4 star Novotel York, which is also used by a lot of the players, officials and pundits. The webmaster of Snookertrips.com has stayed there thrice and met such snooker stars as Mark Selby, Stuart Bingham, Martin Gould, Stephen Hendry, John Parrott, Ken Doherty and others (even the MC, Rob Walker, at the breakfast buffet). For those reasons it is advised to book well in advance, as there is a high probability it will be sold out several weeks before the tournament. Equally close and just next to the city wall is the 3 star Holiday Inn. Other York hotels are available here.

How do I get to York?

There are good flight connections to most of Europe as well as overseas to/from Manchester Airport. From there it is a 1½-2 hours train journey with the TransPennine Express directly to York. Tickets from the airport can be had from around £10 for a single if you book your ticket in advance. If you do not, you may have to pay up to around £30. Train tickets can be purchased in advance from www.tpexpress.co.uk. There is also an express connection with Grand Central Rail from London Kings Cross taking just under 2 hours from around £19 if bought some weeks in advance.

Much closer to York is the Leeds-Bradford airport, which has regular flights to/from London Heathrow, Dublin, Amsterdam and Riga among others. However, be aware, that there’s no easy way to get from Leeds-Bradford to York with public transport, so unless you want to get a taxi, going to Manchester Airport will be cheaper, quicker and easier.

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World Snooker Championship 2020 – Sheffield https://snookertrips.com/world-snooker-championship-2020-sheffield/ https://snookertrips.com/world-snooker-championship-2020-sheffield/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:02:16 +0000 http://snookertrips.com/?p=248 The 2020 World Snooker Championship will once again be played in the Snooker capital of the world, Sheffield. This is the 43rd consecutive time that the championship will take place in the legendary Crucible Theatre. The 16 top players in the world will play against 16 qualifiers, who have to go through an arduous qualification […]

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The 2020 World Snooker Championship will once again be played in the Snooker capital of the world, Sheffield. This is the 43rd consecutive time that the championship will take place in the legendary Crucible Theatre. The 16 top players in the world will play against 16 qualifiers, who have to go through an arduous qualification tournament. Everything leads up to the climax, the final, which will be played over two days and which may require an incredible 35 frames to be decided. The reigning world champion is Judd Trump, who defeated John Higgins by 18-9 in the 2019 final.

Where?

The Snooker World Championship will once again be played in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, just a few hundred yards from the train station and close to all the major hotels and sights. The Crucible has hosted the World Snooker Championship ever since 1977, and at the beginning of the 2017 championships, World Snooker boss Barry Hearn announced, that he had made an agreement with the City of Sheffield that the World Snooker Championship will be played there until at least 2027.

Why not book your hotel for the Snooker World Championship 2020 now, before they all sell out? Most can be booked and cancelled free of charge. Click here to see available Sheffield hotels.

When?

The World Snooker Championship 2020 was originally scheduled to be played from April 18 until May 4, 2020. However, on March 20, 2020, it was announced that the 2020 Betfred World Championship would be postponed until sometime in July or August due to the current coronavirus pandemic. It is now going to take place from July 31 to August 16, but it is currently unclear if it will be possible to play in front of a reduced audience or if it will have to be with no audience at all.

Once the tournament commences, play will take place on two tables simultaneously up to and including the quarterfinals. 1st round is best of 19 frames, second round and the quarterfinals are best of 25, the semifinals are best of 33 and the final is best of 35 frames.

From the World Snooker Championship 2013
From the World Snooker Championship 2013

Tickets for the World Snooker Championship 2020 – and where to get them?

As has been the case for the past few years, 1/3 of the tickets went on sale at the Crucible Box Office for in-person buyers only on the first day of the 2019 Final, May 5, 2019, at 8 AM (UK time). All remaining tickets were put on sale online and for telephone bookings on Monday, May 6, at 9 AM (UK time) from the Crucible Theatre and from World Snooker’s official ticketing partner SeeTickets. Tickets usually go extremely fast, and the 2020 Final was sold out in minutes.

Tickets are £36-£40 for a 1st round session, £40-45 for a 2nd round session, £55 for a session in the quarter-finals, £75-80 for a semifinal session and £110-120 per session for the final. Premium tickets are available for all sessions at a price of £90 for a 1st round session and up to £170 for the fourth session of the final. Premium tickets include prime view seating, a 2020 Event Programme and a commentary radio.

VIP packages, which includes dinner, drinks and a meeting with a legend, are available from £325 per session, but only for the semifinals and the final.

Where to stay for the World Snooker Championship 2020?

There are a number of good hotels in Sheffield close to the Crucible Theatre. Recommended options are the 4-starred Novotel and Mercure, both of them very close to the Crucible, and both of them used by World Snooker. In 2015, finalist Stuart Bingham praised the Mercure for their hospitality during the tournament. Budget travellers are recommended to try the nearby Ibis Sheffield Centre, which is usually good value for money. Other Sheffield hotels are available here.

Remember to book early, as the World Snooker Championships draws a lot of people to visit Sheffield. For most of the hotels recommended above, it is possible to book them early without paying a deposit and to cancel them for free, if you don’t need it after all.

Going to Sheffield for the World Snooker Championship 2020

There are good flight connections to most of Europe as well as overseas to/from Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport, both of which are about 1½ hrs by train from Sheffield. Tickets from the airports to Sheffield can be had from around £10 for a single if you book your ticket in advance. If you do not, you may have to pay up to around £30. It is also possible to go from London St. Pancras in about 2 hours – those tickets are available from around £15 if bought well in advance. Train tickets can be purchased from www.tpexpress.co.uk.

For some, flying into Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport might be an option, but this is mostly a possibility for Eastern European travellers flying Wizz Air, or for visitors arriving from Amsterdam, Ireland or the Channel Islands with FlyBe.

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The Masters 2020 – Alexandra Palace, London (January) https://snookertrips.com/dafabet-masters-2020/ https://snookertrips.com/dafabet-masters-2020/#comments Sun, 20 Jan 2019 09:30:25 +0000 http://snookertrips.com/?p=241 The Masters is one of the Triple Crown tournaments of snooker – as such it might be compared to a tennis Grand Slam or a golf Major. It is the only one of the Triple Crown-tournaments that does not give any ranking points. Even so, it is guaranteed to be world class, as only the […]

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The Masters is one of the Triple Crown tournaments of snooker – as such it might be compared to a tennis Grand Slam or a golf Major. It is the only one of the Triple Crown-tournaments that does not give any ranking points. Even so, it is guaranteed to be world class, as only the 16 best players in the world rankings are invited. The Masters 2020 will once again take place at London’s legendary “Ally Pally”, Alexandra Palace, which is also home to the Dart World Championship.

Where is The Masters 2020 to be played?

The tournament is played in “Ally Pally” – Alexandra Palace – from 1873. The venue is situated in green surroundings in the northern parts of London between Wood Green and Muswell Hill. The nearest tube station (20 min. walk) is Wood Green, from where it is a 20 minutes ride on the Picadilly line to the very center of London (Covent Garden, Picadilly Circus). A bit closer is the Alexandra Palace rail station, with frequent connections to Kings Cross, also in the center of the city.

When will The Masters 2020 be played?

The tournament will take place from January 12 to January 29, 2020. The first round matches will be played one at a time (ie. no simultaneous matches) from January 12 to 15, with one match at 1 PM and one match at 7 PM local (UK) time. On January 16-17 the four quarterfinals will be played. On January 18 it is time for the semifinals, and on January 19, we have the grand final. The final is best of 19 frames, all other matches are best of 11.

How do I get tickets for The Masters 2020?

The box office will open at 10AM UK time (GMT+1) on Sunday, January 20, 2019. It is recommended that you get your tickets as soon as possible, especially if you want to attend the final or the semifinals.

Prices range from £20 for an afternoon session in the first round up to £50 for each session of the final. All-day tickets are available from £30 (1st round, Monday to Wednesday) up to £95 for the final.

If you want a truly exclusive experience, you can go for the VIP/Platinum tickets, which are now available for all sessions. All-day VIP tickets for the first round matches can be had for £225 and they include lounge access, meet & greet with a legend, lunch or dinner, drink tokens and prime view seating. For the semis and the final, it gets even better. A Platinum-ticket will give you all of the aforementioned benefits as well as interval canapées and complimentary bar throughout. It does come at a price, however, and that price is £350 (SF) and £375 (final), respectively for all-day tickets.

Get your tickets from World Snooker/SeeTickets from 10AM on Sunday, January 20. Please note that a ticket fee of 10% is added to all orders.

Where to stay?

Alexandra Palace - where The Masters is being held
Alexandra Palace – Home of The Masters once again

There are some smaller hotels – basically Bed and Breakfasts – within 1-2 miles of Alexandra Palace. If you want something bigger and better, the best option is probably to find a hotel near the city center close to the Picadilly tube line, which is near Alexandra Palace and which runs all the time. A possibility could be one of the many hotels of all types near Russell Square. Russell Square is close to many London’s major sights and museums but is also well connected with buses and the tube station Russell Square, from where there is a direct connection to Wood Green near Alexandra Palace. A charming 5-star hotel could be the newly renovated Russell Hotel (now known as The Principal), but there are a lot of hotels – also cheaper ones – to choose from near Russell Square. Hotel rooms in this area start at about £70/night for a single room, while a suite in one of the better hotels can cost you several hundred pounds a night. You can book your London hotel at booking.com.

Getting to London

Few cities in the world are as well connected plane-wise as London. Pretty much all major airlines in the world have scheduled and frequent flights to one of the cities’ five airport (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, London City Airport).

From Heathrow, the Picadilly tube line takes you directly to the city center in an hour, and it continues on to Wood Green near Alexandra Palace. It is also possible (and more expensive) to board the Heathrow Express which arrives at Paddington Station in 15 minutes, and is a lot more comfortable than the tube.

From Stanstead, the Stanstead Express will take you to Liverpool Street Station in ca. 45 minutes. Busses are also available.

From Gatwick, you can take the Gatwick Express to Victoria in about 30 minutes, while it takes just under an hour to go on the slower standard train to Blackfriars.

All major rail stations in London are well connected to the tube network.

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UK Championship 2019 – York https://snookertrips.com/uk-championship-2019-york/ https://snookertrips.com/uk-championship-2019-york/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 21:03:12 +0000 http://snookertrips.com/?p=184 The second most prestigious snooker tournament of the year and one of just three Triple Crown tournaments is the UK Championship 2019. It is once again being played in the old Viking capital of York, which is in itself an amazing city to visit in December. It is an ancient and very festive city, and the […]

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The second most prestigious snooker tournament of the year and one of just three Triple Crown tournaments is the UK Championship 2019. It is once again being played in the old Viking capital of York, which is in itself an amazing city to visit in December. It is an ancient and very festive city, and the tournament brings forward the best in the players. 

Where?

The York Barbican during the UK Championship in Snooker 2015
 The York Barbican during the UK Championship in Snooker 2015

The UK Championship 2019 is being played in the Barbican just outside the old city walls of York, 10-15 minutes walk from the famous Parliament Square Christmas market and 20 minutes from the York Cathedral, one of the largest in Europe. The city is also known for its chocolate specialities, ghost tours and a host of other arrangements for the entire family. For those same reasons, it is a good idea to book your hotel well in advance.

When will the UK Championship 2019 be played?

The UK Championship 2019 will be played from November 26 to December 8, 2019. 128 players will participate in the tournament, playing on 8 simultaneous tables in the first and second rounds (four in the arena and four in a hall nearby), four tables in the third round (all in the arena), two tables in the fourth round and the quarterfinals, and just a single table set-up for the semi-finals and the grand final itself. All rounds up to and including the semi-finals are played as best of 11 frames, and the final is best of 19 frames. 

Tickets – and where to get them?

Getting ready for the UK Championship final 2015
Getting ready for the UK Championship final 2015

The box office opens on the day of the final of the UK Championship 2018, Sunday, December 9. It is recommended that you get your tickets as soon as possible if you want to attend the final or the semifinals. 

Standard price for all-day tickets for the 1st, non-televised round (128 players) is £12. All-day tickets for the 2nd to 4th rounds are £14-33, Quarterfinals are £26-30 per session or £49 for a day, Semifinals are £68 for the entire day, and an all-day ticket for the final is £78. VIP or Premium tickets for the UK Championship are generally not available.

Tickets are available from See Tickets.

Where to stay near the UK Champions 2019 venue?

York usually has a lot of visitors in December, and there are many hotels to choose from in and near the city centre. It is, however, not inexpensive. Closest to the Barbican is the 4 star Novotel York, which is also used by a lot of the players, officials and pundits. The webmaster of Snookertrips.com has stayed there thrice and met such snooker stars as Mark Selby, Stuart Bingham, Martin Gould, Stephen Hendry, John Parrott, Ken Doherty and others. For those reasons it is advised to book well in advance, as there is a high probability it will be sold out several weeks before the tournament. Equally close and just next to the city wall is the 3 star Holiday Inn. Other York hotels are available here.

How do I get to York?

There are good flight connections to most of Europe as well as overseas to/from Manchester Airport. From there it is a 1½-2 hours train journey with the TransPennine Express directly to York. Tickets from the airport can be had from around £10 for a single if you book your ticket in advance. If you do not, you may have to pay up to around £30. Train tickets can be purchased in advance from www.tpexpress.co.uk. There is also an express connection with Grand Central Rail from London Kings Cross taking just under 2 hours from around £19 if bought some weeks in advance.

Much closer to York is the Leeds-Bradford airport, which has regular flights to/from London Heathrow, Dublin, Amsterdam and Riga among others. However, be aware, that there’s no easy way to get from Leeds-Bradford to York with public transport, so unless you want to get a taxi, going to Manchester Airport will be cheaper, quicker and easier.

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English Open 2018 – Crawley https://snookertrips.com/english-open-2018-crawley/ https://snookertrips.com/english-open-2018-crawley/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 19:54:49 +0000 http://snookertrips.com/?p=173 The first of the 2018 Home Nations tournaments is English Open which is being played in Crawley, south of London. This is the tournament that will identify the player who will have a chance of winning the £1 million prize which will be awarded to the player who can win all four Home Nations tournaments […]

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The first of the 2018 Home Nations tournaments is English Open which is being played in Crawley, south of London. This is the tournament that will identify the player who will have a chance of winning the £1 million prize which will be awarded to the player who can win all four Home Nations tournaments in the same seasons. The reigning champion is Ronnie O’Sullivan, who beat Kyren Wilson in the 2017 final in Barnsley.


Where will English Open 2018 be played?

English Open 2018 will be played in the K2 Sports Center in the town of Crawley, close to the Gatwick airport south of London. Crawley in itself does not have much to offer and mostly functions as a service town to the airport. On the other hand, this means that it is easy to get to from most places in the world, and there are lots of hotels and branch offices of international companies.

When is English Open 2018?

The tournament will be played from October 15 until October 21, 2018. The matches are best of 7 frames in the first few rounds, best of 9 in the quarterfinals, best of 11 in the semi-finals and the final is played as a best of 17 frames match with 8 frames in the first session and up to 9 frames in the second. Eight simultaneous matches will be played during the first four rounds, so there’s plenty of opportunity for watching several of the world’s best players at the same time.

Where can I get tickets for English Open 2018 and what is the price?

Standard day tickets for English Open 2018 are £20 for the first four rounds, £35 for the quarterfinals (Friday, October 19), £45 for the Saturday semifinals and £55 for the Sunday final. It is possible to get a ticket for the entire tournament for £160. Tickets are available for at See Tickets, World Snooker’s official ticketing partner.

Where can I stay close to the tournament venue?

There are plenty of accommodations in all categories close to Crawley. Nearest to the venue is the small B&B Barrington Lodge, although it is rather basic and in a dull area. Another possibility, slightly farther away, but close to the Crawley train station is the four-star business hotel Arora Hotel Gatwick.

Other Crawley hotels are available here.

How do I get to Crawley?

Nearby Gatwick Airport is one of the busiest in Europe with a lot of flights from all over the world.

Gatwick is situated about 2-3 km from Crawley and 40 km south of London. There are a lot of airpoirt busses and shuttles in the town going to and from the airport at all hours. From the nearby train station Three Bridges it is possible to go to the centre of London in just over half an hour, with about 3-4 departures an hour. It is also possible to go to the popular coastal resort of Brighton in just around half an hour.

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World Snooker Championship 2019 – Sheffield https://snookertrips.com/world-snooker-championship-2019-sheffield/ https://snookertrips.com/world-snooker-championship-2019-sheffield/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:35:49 +0000 http://snookertrips.com/?p=159 The 2019 World Snooker Championship will once again be played in the Snooker capital of the world, Sheffield. This will be the 42nd time in a row that the championship will be played in the legendary Crucible Theatre. The 16 top players in the world will play against 16 qualifiers, who have to go through […]

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The 2019 World Snooker Championship will once again be played in the Snooker capital of the world, Sheffield. This will be the 42nd time in a row that the championship will be played in the legendary Crucible Theatre. The 16 top players in the world will play against 16 qualifiers, who have to go through an arduous qualification tournament. Everything leads up to the climax, the final, which will be played over two days and which may require an incredible 35 frames to be decided. Reigning world champion is Mark Williams.

Where?

From the World Snooker Championship 2013

From the World Snooker Championship 2013

The Snooker World Championship is once again being played in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, just a few hundred yards from the train station and close to all the major hotels and sights. The Crucible has hosted the World Snooker Championship ever since 1977, and at the beginning of the 2017 championships, World Snooker boss Barry Hearn announced, that he had made an agreement with the City of Sheffield that the World Snooker Championship will be played there until at least 2027.

When?

The World Snooker Championship 2019 will be played from April 20 until May 6, 2018. Play will take place on two tables simultaneously up to and including the quarterfinals. 1st round is best of 19 frames, second round and the quarter finals are best of 25, the semifinals are best of 33 and the final is best of 35 frames.

Tickets for the World Snooker Championship 2019 – and where to get them?

Tickets went on sale on Monday, May 7 at 9AM (UK time, GMT+1). Few tickets are currently available.

In 2018 a standard ticket for a 1st round session cost around £25, while a ticket for the 4th session of the final was around £90. All-day tickets are generally not available. It is also possible to get premium tickets for most sessions at 25-50% extra cost. VIP packages, which includes dinner, drinks and a meeting with a legend, are usually available from around £250.

Get your tickets from cruciblesnooker.com and be quick about it – because they will sell out it no time.

Where to stay?

There are a number of good hotels in Sheffield close to the Crucible Theatre. Recommended options are the 4-starred Novotel and Mercure, both of them very close to the Crucible, and both of them used by World Snooker. In 2015, finalist Stuart Bingham praised the Mercure for their hospitality during the tournament. Budget travelers are recommended to try the nearby Premier Inn, which is usually good value for money. Other Sheffield hotels are available here.

Going to Sheffield for the World Snooker Championship 2019

There are good flight connections to most of Europe as well as overseas to/from Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport, both of which are about 1½ hrs by train from Sheffield. Tickets from the airports to Sheffield can be had from around £10 for a single if you book your ticket in advance. If you do not, you may have to pay up to around £30. Train tickets can be purchased in advance from www.tpexpress.co.uk.

For some, flying in to the Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport might be an option, but this is mostly a possibility for Eastern European travelers flying Wizz Air.

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