Steve Davis, Jimmy White and Ken Doherty are likely to be among the famous names battling to make it to the televised stages of snooker's greatest tournament. The qualifiers run from April 4 to 14, and the 16 players to make it through will go on to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield for the main event from April 20 to May 6. They will be drawn at random against the top 16 seeds.
Tickets are available for Saturday April 6 to Sunday April 14 (no play on April 12 due to tables being re-covered) in the Badminton Hall at the venue.
A spokesman for World Snooker said: "We are delighted to bring the World Championship qualifiers back to the EIS in Sheffield. In recent years it has proved an excellent venue and very popular with fans.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to see snooker legends like Davis, White and Doherty play live, as well as the stars of tomorrow like Luca Brecel and Jamie Jones. The layout of the venue means that spectators can watch several matches at once. And with tickets starting at just £5, it really is phenomenal value for people wanting to see top level sport.
"There will be so much at stake with players aiming to earn a place at the Crucible for the final stages of our most prestigious event."
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The seeding cut off to determine the top 16 seeds for the World Championship is on Monday April 1, following the completion of the China Open. The format of play for the qualifiers will be available shortly after this date.
The World Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council and Welcome To Yorkshire.
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