World Snooker announces heavy schedule in Milton Keynes

Ronnie O'Sullivan

The first eight events on snooker’s 2020-21 schedule will be held in Milton Keynes, the World Snooker Tour has announced.

The European Masters, English Open and Northern Ireland Open will be staged at the Marshall Arena, along with three rounds of the Championship League, the Champion of Champions event and qualifiers for the BetVictor German Masters.

The Betway UK Championship will take place in York from November 24 to December 6, with venues for the Scottish Open and Coral World Grand Prix in December yet to be confirmed.

In a statement on its website, WST said: “We are delighted to continue working with the staff at the Marshall Arena, who were a tremendous help staging last season’s Championship League and Tour Championship under trying circumstances, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Every endeavour has been taken to minimise the risk of tournaments being postponed over the coming months.

“Having already successfully held tournaments at the Marshall Arena, we have demonstrated the ability to proceed in a safe manner under lockdown conditions.

“We clearly hope that there will be no need to return to lockdown, at local or national level, but holding these events in Milton Keynes gives us the best possible chance to ensure they are delivered to our broadcasters and partners, as well players and fans.”

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