The 2024 World Snooker Championship will once again be played in Sheffield, the Snooker capital of the world. This is the 47th 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 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. He has recently announced, however, that the Qatari government(!) has expressed an interest in hosting the championship at some time in the future, so perhaps Sheffield won’t be the world snooker capital for much longer.
The World Snooker Championship 2024 is scheduled to be played from April 20 until May 6, 2024.
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.
Tickets for the World Snooker Championship 2024 – and where to get them?
Tickets went on general sale on Monday 1st May, 2023 at 9AM (GMT). However, a priority ticket window was open on the preceeding day, so several sessions were sold out even before the general sale started.
Tickets start from £40 for a 1st round session in the back rows (£105 for one of the first five rows!), £45 for a 2nd round session, £60 for a session in the quarter-finals, £80-90 for a semifinal session and £120-130 per session for the final.
VIP packages, which includes dinner, drinks and a meeting with a legend, are available from £350 per session, but only for the semifinals and the final. The even more luxurious Century Club tickets are available for all sessions, starting at £340 for a 1st round session, going up to £600 for the fourth session of the final. They include fine dining, cheeseboards, complimentary bar and seats on row A or B.
Where to stay for the World Snooker Championship 2024?
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 2024
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.