A SPORTING event bringing together some of the best snooker players on the planet will be held at a venue on the outskirts of Bedworth.
Snooker’s new Champion of Champions tournament will be held at the Ricoh Arena in November.
The showpiece event will run from November 19 to 24 and is set to be televised by ITV4.
Promoted by Matchroom Sport, it will also be televised live on CCTV in China and syndicated globally.
There will be a top prize of £100,000 on offer and current champions of snooker’s major tournaments, including the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui, will be eligible to compete.
The tournament will start with a quartet of four-man groups, with the winner of each group to progress to the semi-finals.
The final on Sunday November 24 will be over 19 frames.
The arena has hosted other major sporting events including Olympic football last year and the Davis Cup earlier this year, and it is now on cue to host this latest event.
Snooker returned to the ITV network for the first time in 20 years earlier in 2013 with coverage of the Haikou World Open.
World snooker chairman Barry Hearn said he is expecting a great atmosphere at the arena.
He said: “We are thrilled to welcome back ITV4 to televise the Champion of Champions.
“Their coverage of the Haikou World Open was a real success and I’m delighted that ITV have reaffirmed their interest in snooker.
“There is massive support for snooker in the UK so it’s great news for the fans that they can watch this fantastic new tournament on free-to-air broadcast.
“I’m excited about this event because it will bring together the elite of the sport. The region has a huge catchment area so I’m expecting packed houses and a tremendous atmosphere.”
Ticket details for the event as well as the full line-up of players will be announced soon.