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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 be played?
The tournament will take place from January 13 to January 20, 2019. 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 the final. The final is best of 19 frames, all other matches are best of 11.
How do I get tickets for The Masters 2019?
The box office will open at 10AM UK time (GMT+1) on Monday, January 22 2018. 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 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 £25 (1st round, Monday to Wednesday) up to ££85 for the final.
If you want a truly exclusive experience, you can go for the VIP/Platinum tickets. All-day VIP tickets for the quarterfinals can be had for £235 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 £325 (SF) or £345 (final) for all-day tickets.
Get your tickets from World Snooker/SeeTickets from 10AM on Monday, January 22.
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, 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, but there are a lot of hotels – also cheaper ones – to choose from near Russell Square. Hotel rooms in this area starts 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.