GIBRALTAR is to host its first professional snooker tournament, when the Kreativ Dental Clinic European Tour stops on the Rock in December. The televised tournament will be held at Tercentenary Sports Hall from December 11 to 13.
The Gibraltar Open is expected to attract much of snooker’s top talent from around the world, and will also have a qualifying round for amateurs on December 9 and 10.
World Snooker chairman, Barry Hearn, said: “We are delighted to stage a professional tournament in Gibraltar for the first time. The European Tour has taken snooker to a host of different territories across the continent, helping us to develop as an international sport. We’re excited about the new Gibraltar Open and it’s the perfect chance for fans in the area to see the world’s leading stars.
“I have staged darts events at the Tercentenary Sports Hall so I know it is a cracking venue. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Sport in Gibraltar on delivering another fantastic sporting event.”
A spokesman for the Ministry of Sport in Gibraltar said: “It is great to have yet another tournament of world standard in Gibraltar. Snooker is a very popular sport and followed by millions around the world. This will further promote Gibraltar as an events destination and it is a further example of promoting tourism.”
Information on tickets is not available yet, however World Snooker said there would be details soon.