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.