THE Crucible is set to be the first sporting event to host a full capacity crowd for the 2021 World Snooker Championship final.
Fans will be welcomed back in a staggered arrangement at the 980-capacity venue throughout the tournament which gets underway on April 17.
The opening round will operate at a 33 per cent capacity with social distancing guidelines in operation.
Round two will operate at 50 per cent of capacity with groups being segregated by empty seats.
Face coverings will also be mandatory to lower the risk of spreading coronavirus.
The venue will then operate at a 75 per cent capacity for the quarter-finals and semi-finals with no social distancing in operation.
And the final will operate at full capacity with fans expected to wear face coverings.
Tickets are expected to sell like hot cakes with the final taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The World Snooker Championship was picked as part of the Government's Events Research Programme as a pilot to introduce fans back into stadiums.
Research from the pilot schemes will help determine whether the government will ease measures at future sporting events.
Legend Ronnie O'Sullivan will head to the tournament looking to defend his title and target a record-equalling seventh title.
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