Since it became the official Masters venue in 2012, London’s “Ally Pally”, as it is affectionately known, has already been graced by some great names in snooker.
The best snooker players in the world assemble each year for the Masters Snooker Championship, locking horns as they battle it out to become snooker champion. January 2014 certainly promises to be no exception.
From Sunday 12 January to Sunday 19 January, 2014, the world’s best contemporary snooker players will congregate at the Alexandra Palace to be crowned King of the Masters. The Masters is the most prestigious event on the snooker calendar. It’s prestige derives from its attractive £600,000 prize money, its rich and lustrous history and the elite field that compete in it each year.
The Masters was established in 1975 and has been won by most of the biggest names of the sport. Previous winners include Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Mark Selby, Ronnie O’ Sullivan and John Higgins. In fact so elite is this tournament that only the world’s top sixteen seeded players are invited.
This highly anticipated contest will be shown by the BBC, Eurosport and CCTV China. The popularity of snooker in Asian countries is immense and the participation of CCTV will ensure an absolutely huge TV audience witness the intense action. In 2010 the Masters’ final comprised of two Asian finalists, Hong Kong’s Marco Fu and China’s Ding Junhui. This fact alone helped boost Asian interest in snooker no small way.
Though it has to be said that joining the millions of others to view the championship on TV would not be comparable to being inside the hall cheering the shots of your favourite player. If you really want to experience the heat and intensity what is arguably the biggest snooker event of the year, make sure you reserve a seat in the Ally Pally this January.
Alexandra Palace is situated in North London in almost 200 acres of beautiful parkland. A pub, restaurant, pitch and putt course and a boating lake lie within the Ally Pally’s extensive grounds. For more information on what promises to be a nail-biting snooker championship visit the Alexandra Palace website at alexandrapalace.com.