Tickets for the 2017 World Snooker Championships in Sheffield are already close to selling out.
Tournament bosses said there are only a few remaining tickets for selected sessions for next year’s tournament, which will take place at The Crucible between April 15 and May 1.
It comes after Sheffield Council and World Snooker agreed a deal to keep the championships in the city for another decade, despite Chinese interest in hosting the event.
Hosting the tournament each year is estimated to be worth around £5m to the local economy.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said tickets for the sport’s other big British events – the UK Championship in York and the Masters tournament in London – are also selling well.
“Tickets for the World Championship in particular are like gold dust,” he said.
“We recently announced a new deal to keep the event in Sheffield for another ten years. Anyone who has the opportunity to go to Sheffield, York or London and see the very best players on the planet competing for the biggest titles must take advantage.
“Snooker has developed into a huge global sport and British fans must realise how fortunate they are to have the biggest events on their doorstep.”
For more information about buying tickets, visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets