As snooker’s professionals battle it out on
the baize in Sheffield for the World Championship this week, The Masters
snooker has announced it is to move home in 2012 to Alexandra Palace.
The Masters involves the world’s top 16 and
will move across London from Wembley Arena to Ally Pally for the tournament,
The tournament will be televised by BBC
Sport, Eurosport and CCTV China, a global reach of hundreds of millions.
World Snooker ChairmanBarry Hearn said: “Alexandra Palace is an absolutely fantastic venue, as we’ve found by staging the World Darts
Championship there. We’ve seen record ticket sales for the darts and I’m
expecting to see the same for the snooker.
“We’re keeping the event in London.
There’s a great team in place at Alexandra Palace and we look forward to
working with them again.”
Rebecca Kane, Managing Director of
Alexandra Palace Trading, said she was pleased that Ally Pally has been chosen
as the new home for The Masters.
“We will be working closely with Barry
Hearn and the World Snooker team to make this a Masters to remember,” she said.
“Alexandra Palace has a strong heritage in
bringing live entertainment to the fans from a unique setting overlooking the
whole of London, making us the perfect venue for music and sport,” Kane
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