Snooker tickets for the 2017 world snooker championships have sold out already, only being a couple of months since the 2016 world championships.
The 2016 world championships saw a total of 300 million world wide viewers tune in to watch the tournament. Of the 300 million viewers, 210 million were from China alone.
Most of the seats for the 2017 world snooker championships were sold out in a matter of hours after going on sale in May.
The 2017 world snooker championships will take place from the 15th April to the 1st May.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Tickets for the World Championship are like gold dust. We recently announced a new deal to keep the event in Sheffield for another ten years.
“Anyone who has the opportunity to go to Sheffield and see the very best players on the planet competing for the biggest titles must take advantage.
“Snooker has developed into a huge global sport and British fans must realize how fortunate they are to have the biggest events on their doorstep.”
The big names of the game have promised to step up a notch and deliver in the 2016/17 season, which include players such as Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy.
Judd Trump said “I feel as if I should have done better in the big tournaments last season,” said 26-year-old Trump. “I threw away the semi-final against Barry Hawkins at the Masters and collapsed against Liang Wenbo in the third round at the UK Championship. I won two tournaments last season but if I had knuckled down I might have won four or five.”
He added: “This season I’ll be playing in one or two fewer tournaments in order to be more focused at the biggest ones. I want to prepare for every tournament the way I do for the World Championship where I am 100 per cent prepared. If I am only 80 per cent then I am just going through the motions rather than concentrating on winning the trophy.
“I want to become a multiple winner of the UK Championship, while in the Masters I’ve never been to the final so that is one target. And obviously the World Championship is the one everyone wants to win the most.”
With the start of the 2016/17 season in Riga last week, the season looks to be starting off great with Neil Robertson winning the first ranking event of the season. Additionally some of the lower ranking players will be looking to progress higher up the ranks.
There is even hope for amateur players to do well on the pro circuit this year with an amateur reaching the semi finals last week in Riga.