THE most eagerly-anticipated match on baizehas arrived as Mark Selby takes on Shaun Murphy in the World Snooker Championship final.
After two weeks of play the two-day final at Sheffield’s iconic Crucible is here.
It’s nine months since the final in the summer of 2020 and a full crowd is guaranteed in Sheffield for what has been a government pilot with fans attending.
And now they will vie for the World Snooker Championship trophy over two days of action.
When is the World Snooker Championship final?
The final will take place over two days – Sunday May 2 and Monday May 3.
The four sessions will take place as follows:
- Sunday May 2 – 1pm and 7pm
- Monday May 3 – 1pm and 7pm
What TV channel can I watch the World Snooker Championships final and can I live stream it?
The final will be on BBC Two from 1pm on Sunday May 2. Coverage will continue until 6pm, there will be an hour’s break before the evening session starts at 7pm.
The same timings apply on BBC Two on Monday May 3.
Eurosport are also showing the final from 12.45pm on Sunday May 2, through till 4pm, then from 6.45pm to 10.30pm.
On Monday May 3, Eurosport 1 will have live coverage from 12.45pm to 4pm and again from 6.45pm to 10.30pm.
You can live stream the final via BBC iPlayer or Eurosport Player.
BBC is free to watch on TV and online for all UK viewers with a TV licence.
Will there be a full crowd at the World Snooker Championships final?
Yes! The Crucible will be FULL for the final.
The Sheffield theatre’s capacity is 980 and lucky fans will have the chance to watch the action in person.
Social-distancing rules will be scrapped but it is not known if everyone attending has to wear a mask while watching the live snooker and the trophy presentation.
Tickets cost about £120 and some are available for the first day of the final on Sunday May 2 and the afternoon session on May 3.
Eight frames will be contested this afternoon. And then the players return this evening at 7pm for another nine frames.
It is the best-of-35 frames — so the first to 18 frames will be crowned the 2021 Betfred World Snooker Champion.
And bank a whopping £500,000. The runner-up will received £200,000.
Good afternoon from the Crucible,
This is SunSport’s Rob Maul in Sheffield. One of the lucky few journalists allowed backstage over the past 17 days of action.
It is Leicester Jester Mark Selby, the three-time world champion, up against Shaun Murphy, the winner in 2005, but who has had his difficulties in recent seasons.
It starts at 1pm and is live on BBC and Eurosport.