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Snooker tournament returning to the Ricoh Arena

The successful Champion of Champions snooker event returns to the Ricoh Arena after the inaugural tournament in November last year proved a massive hit.
Ronnie O’Sullivan will be aiming to defend his title after he was crowned champion in Coventry with a string of performances that captured the imagination of players and fans alike.

The seven-day Champion of Champions tournament will run from Monday, November 3 to Sunday, November 9 and take place in a state-of-the-art purpose built arena inside the Jaguar Indoor Arena.

The winner of the prestigious 16 man tournament will once again take home a first prize of £100,000 with snooker’s newest competition being played to the same format as last year.

Sixteen players will be split into groups of four with the group winners going forward to the semi-final. Each group will be played over one day with the semis and the final taking place at the weekend.

Barry Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport and World Snooker, said the Ricoh Arena had been a first-class venue which had been popular with players, sponsors and spectators.

He said: “It is always difficult starting a new event but the Champion of Champions tournament was a fantastic success. The concept of having all the season’s champions produced some magnificent snooker.

“We were really impressed with the Ricoh Arena; the staff went the extra mile to provide the players, officials and sponsors with everything they needed and the feedback from snooker fans was extremely positive.

“We are looking forward to returning to the Ricoh Arena and providing another top-quality snooker competition.”

Liz Cooper, Marketing Director at the Ricoh Arena, said seeing reigning World Champion O’Sullivan, Chinese sensation Ding Junhui, the current World No.1 Neil Robertson and Leicester-based Mark Selby in action at the Ricoh Arena had been one of the venue’s highlights last year.

“The Champion of Champions tournament was the first time we had held snooker at the Ricoh Arena and we loved staging the competition,” she said.

“The Jaguar Indoor Arena was an ideal location and there was a real buzz around the table in all the matches whether it was a group game or the final since the spectators were close to the action and the players seemed to thrive on that.

“It was great to raise the profile of the Ricoh Arena and the city of Coventry and the fact the Champion of Champions is returning underlines that we have all the facilities required to host high-profile sporting competitions.”

Ticket prices have been frozen from 2013 and early bookers can benefit from a half-price discount available on group stage tickets, meaning fans can see some of the world’s greatest players from as little as £5.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (April 25)

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