Massive exposure for Galway as city secures top snooker series

The National University of Ireland in Galway will stage snooker's Players Tour Championship Grand Finals for the first time in March.

The tournament is the climax of the PTC Series, which has featured 12 short events staged in the UK and around Europe over the past six months. It is open to all professional and amateur snooker players, with the top 24 on the final Order of Merit to go through to the Grand Finals, which will run from March 14-18.

Top stars including Judd Trump, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and John Higgins have already secured their place in Galway. The 12th and final short event is played to a conclusion in Munich, Germany, from January 6-8, after which the full line-up of 24 players will be known.

In Galway, the players will be battling for ranking points as well as a total prize fund of £250,000, with a top prize of £70,000 up for grabs.

A spokesman for World Snooker said: "Our players have been all around the UK and Europe already this season, to locations including Poland, Belgium and Germany, and it has been a fantastic experience to bring snooker to those locations, where the popularity of the sport is growing fast.

"Now all eyes turn to Galway for what is sure to be a thrilling conclusion to the series. We staged the Grand Finals in Dublin last season and it was very well supported. We know there is a great passion for snooker in Ireland so we have no doubt the fans will come to Galway and help create a sizzling atmosphere for the best players in the world.

"The NUI is an excellent venue with very good facilities and it will be a treat for the fans who come to the event. We'll be announcing details on how to buy tickets shortly and we urge people to get them booked quickly."

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