New deals for Barbican and Alexandra Palace

YORK’s Barbican Theatre and London’s Alexandra Palace will remain the host venues for the UK Championship and The Masters respectively after new deals were signed up.

Last year’s UK Championship at the Barbican Theatre proved a real success after it returned to York for the first time since 2006 and made record ticket sales.

This year’s competition will run from December 1 to 9 and will see Bristol’s Judd Trump aim to defend his title after beating Mark Allen 10-8 in last year’s final.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Our decision to take the UK Championship back to York last season was inspired. There is a huge amount of enthusiasm for snooker in York and the surrounding area and the top players love the Barbican.

“We’re delighted to sign this deal for the next two years and looking forward to December.”

It has also been announced London’s Alexandra Palace will remain the host venue for The Masters competition for the next three years.

A new agreement between World Snooker and the north London venue will see the tournament, which is contested between the world’s top 16 players, staged there until at least 2015.

Hearn added: “We are thrilled to sign this new three-year agreement to keep the Masters at Alexandra Palace. It is a fantastic venue and moving this elite invitation event there was a spectacular success.

“I have no doubt that the fans will flock to north London again to see the very best players in the world.”

Tickets for both events are now on sale and are available by calling 08448 542757 or by visiting

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