Ronnie O’Sullivan may be tempted to swap the UK Championship for a stint on TV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here’ in the future, but for now the five-time world champion is delighted to be competing in York.
The Rocket’s record at the Barbican may be impressive, after his 10-6 win over Mark Allen on Sunday evening in the final to claim his seventh UK title, but the 43-year-old loves the city too.
“York is a fantastic place, even when you are not playing you can walk around the streets and there are lovely coffee bars,” said O’Sullivan.
“It’s a beautiful place to spend ten days.
“This is where you want to be playing tournaments, in great cities like this.
“We’re lucky to have such a great venue for a great tournament.”
The Barbican has been the home of the UK Championship since 2011.
And with record ticket sales this year - up 20 per cent on 2017 - York and Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre are the two biggest UK ranking events on the calender. With the Barbican on a one-year rolling contract, its future as UK host looks secure.
Tickets for next year’s tournament - which will run from November 26 to December 8 in 2019 - went on sale Sunday morning.
Tickets are available at www.worldsnooker.com/tickets or by calling 0844 854 2757.