21 April 2009
Sheffield Snooker City Celebrations
The World Snooker Championship returns to Sheffield’s world-famous Crucible Theatre from Saturday 18 April to Monday 4 May.
Young Chinese stars Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo will meet for the first time in professional competition during the Championships.
Tudor Square, home to the Crucible Theatre, will be turned into a snooker village in honour of the tournament. The Big Screen will be in the square for the duration of the Championship broadcasting all the tabletop action live from the Crucible. The grassed area in the square will house the CueZone exhibition marquee, where people can learn more about the history, science and stars of the game.
Sheffield and the city’s Crucible Theatre are known worldwide as the ‘home of snooker’, having hosted the World Championship since 1977. This relationship has strengthened with the creation of a World Snooker Academy at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield nurturing champions of the future.
Sheffield boasts a staggering array of world class sporting facilities, achievements and personalities. As well as being the home of snooker, Sheffield has two professional football teams, a podium full of international athletes, as well as an enviable calendar of major sporting events in the city each year.