None, however, have been as important than the full houses present at the iconic Sheffield venue to watch the final of the Betfred World Snooker Championships following the well-executed phased return of spectators during the two-week event.
Not only is this another tantalising indication that the country is beginning to escape from the toughest political and societal snooker of all – the Covid crisis – but the safeguards put in place by Covid staff and volunteers are a template for all other sporting, cultural and hospitality venues looking to welcome back spectators.
And, while snooker today perhaps lacks the characters that saw the sport become TV box office, this event’s success away from the famous green baize has been on cue in showing how fans can make a safe return to other sporting events.
Thank you, Sheffield, for this big break.
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