The World Snooker Championship Final welcomes a sold-out crowd – the first time in a year at a sporting event

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World Snooker Championship Final welcomes sold-out audiences – the first time in over a YEAR packed house at a sporting event – as MC introduces the 980 fans’ raw ‘Crucible roar’ as Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy walk out a confrontation

  • A packed house of 980 people will watch the last two sessions of the World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield
  • It is the UK’s first sold-out sporting event in over a year
  • The crowd cheered and applauded as the players entered the arena
  • They had to wear masks and take before and after Covid-19 tests
  • Capacity has been slowly ramped up as the 17-day tournament progressed
  • It is one of the government’s pilot events as part of the roadmap to end the lockdown

A British sporting event has witnessed large audiences for the first time in over a year.

The third session of the World Snooker Championship final between Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy saw a sold-out venue at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield.

Monday’s last two sessions of the 17-day tournament were sold out over the weekend, with a full 980 spectators enjoying a ‘nip and tuck’ final.

A sold-out 980 seat at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield cheered and applauded as the players walked out for the third session of the World Snooker Championship final on Monday.

The final is the UK's first sporting event to have a large crowd in over a year

The final is the UK’s first sporting event to have a large crowd in over a year

Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy compete for the most prestigious award in snooker

Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy compete for the most prestigious award in snooker

There was euphoric cheers and a standing ovation to welcome the two players to the auditorium on Monday afternoon as the country took another step towards normalcy after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tournament MC Rob Walker introduced the action, saying, “This is an important moment that transcends the boundaries of snooker.

‘Because for the first time in over a year a British sporting event is taking place in front of a sold-out venue.

“Today is the pinnacle of the Betfred World Snooker Championship and after an eight month season of silence and social detachment, we are about to hear the Crucible roar like never before.”

That was the guideline for the capacity group, who wore face masks and had to pass a negative Covid test to gain entry, to get up and applaud.

Tournament MC Rob Walker introduces the two players for Monday afternoon's session

Tournament MC Rob Walker introduces the two players for Monday afternoon’s session

Walker kept the crowd going, which responded with a standing ovation of applause and cheers

Walker kept the crowd going, which responded with a standing ovation of applause and cheers

It was an emotional response from the crowd after a year of Covid-19 lockdown measures

It was an emotional response from the crowd after a year of Covid-19 lockdown measures

All 980 spectators must wear a face mask and return a negative Covid test

All 980 spectators must wear a face mask and return a negative Covid test

Nominated as one of the government-designated roadmap test events, regardless of lockdown restrictions, the World Championship has seen attendance slowly increase over the past 17 days.

On Sunday, approximately 600 spectators were present to watch the first two sessions of the best-of-35 frame final.

The event kicked off just over two weeks ago when the Crucible was about a third full for the first-round races, with careful social distance in the crowd.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals ran at about 75 percent capacity.

Shaun Murphy (left) and Mark Selby (right) compete for the title of world champion

Shaun Murphy (left) and Mark Selby (right) compete for the title of world champion

Spectators have been asked to conduct PCR tests before and after the event for research purposes.

Other sporting events that took part in the government’s events research program included the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley between Leicester City and Southampton last month and the EFL Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

There will also be crowds for the last two rounds of the Premier League football season and the FA Cup final on May 15.

The government hopes to lift all restrictions on social contact by June 21.

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