World Snooker final to be played in front of capacity crowd at start of May

The Crucible will be allowed a full capacity crowd of 980 for this month’s Betfred World Championship final.

But as one of the government’s pilot events under the Events Research Programme a range of strict testing protocols were announced yesterday for those looking to attend in Sheffield.

The number of fans allowed in will start around 330 for the first day as Ronnie O’Sullivan walks out to defend his title and chase a record-equalling seventh crown.

But that will increase on a sliding scale through the 17-day tournament to around 490, then 735 and finally every seat available for the showpiece.

However the likelihood is that there will be tickets available when those left after refunds and transfers to 2022 are all complete.

Judd Trump won the last Crucible final played in front of a capacity crowd in 2019
Judd Trump won the last Crucible final played in front of a capacity crowd in 2019
(Image: PA Archive/PA Images)

Those fans still having retained their tickets for this year must have a negative Covid test on the day or the day before their first match, and if there for the duration every five days after that.

This can be conducted at home for free before travelling, and World Snooker are also hoping to set up a testing centre in Sheffield. But no Under 18 fans will be allowed in.

There will also be a post match test to perform at home to establish if there has been any transmission.

The measures come as a result of lengthy discussions between World Snooker, the government, Public Health England, the venue itself and the Sheffield health authorities.

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