Snooker Betfred World Championship could be played in front of crowd at Crucible this month in boost to fans


SNOOKER stars could play in front of a small Crucible crowd at the Betfred World Championship.

The World Snooker Tour remain hopeful there will be a “reduced capacity audience” at the event in Sheffield on July 31.

Fans with tickets have the option to register interest in attending if government regulations allow spectators this month.

Everyone present would have to follow strict regulations on social distancing and sanitisation.

But if the government disagree with the plans – or if there is a second local wave of Covid-19 – it will be played behind closed doors.

World No 1 Judd Trump is aiming to retain the title he won in style in May 2019.

WST Chairman Barry Hearn said: “To attend the World Championship is a once in a lifetime experience for many fans and for everyone in the arena it’s a magical occasion.

“The highest priority of course is the health and safety of fans and everyone connected with the event.

“So spectators will only be allowed if we are confident that this priority can be met. But we are working hard towards making this happen if it is possible.

“If there are fans in the arena they will be witnessing a unique sporting occasion.

“This would be a golden ticket, for the very lucky few. We urge fans to let us know their preferred option as soon as possible.”


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