Snooker: Metrodome double-header for top potters

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Snooker’s leading players will return to the Barnsley Metrodome next month for the qualifying rounds of two world ranking events.

The venue has been selected to stage the German Masters qualifiers on December 11 and 12, followed by the Haikou World Open qualifiers on December 13 and 14.

Both tournaments will see 128 players each playing one match, with the 64 winners to go through to the respective venues in Germany and China next year.

The Metrodome hosted the International Championship qualifiers in October.

A spokesman for World Snooker said: “We were delighted by the response of fans when we staged qualifiers in Barnsley for the first time in October as hundreds of fans packed the arena to see top stars like Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, John Higgins and Jimmy White. There was a cracking atmosphere and the players really appreciate that level of support. We’re hoping for a similar outcome this time.”

Tickets are priced at £5 per day, with three sessions on each day at 10am, 2.30pm and 7pm. For more information, ring 01226 738 618 or log on to www.worldsnooker.com/tickets