Snooker's superstars are set to return to the Metrodome in the next week following the success of the English Open in October.
While the German Masters qualifiers – which run from Tuesday until Friday – are not as high-profile as the previous event, Ronnie O'Sullivan, who won at the Metrodome two months ago, is set to attend as are the likes of Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy and Ding Junhui.
There are sessions scheduled for 10am, 2.30pm and 7pm on each of the four days. The players are due to play once each with Selby scheduled for the Tuesday 7pm session with O'Sullivan and Jimmy White set to play on Wednesday at 7pm. Entry is free with fans given access to the arena on a first-come-first-served basis
The Metrodome's Richard Bailey said: "It's not quite as prestigious as the English Open but it's still a fantastic event. The English Open went really well and it will be nice to have World Snooker back and some of the biggest names in the world playing at the Metrodome again. World Snooker seem to want to have a long-term relationship with us and to make the Metrodome one of their regular venues which is great."
Snooker will return again on January 27-30 for the China Open qualifiers as the Metrodome continues to host some major sporting events, after it staged the Weber Cup, the biggest event in tenpin bowling, last year. Bailey said: "As a Barnsley born and bred character, it is great to be helping to bring these big events to the town. The Metrodome is now not just a key swimming venue in the area but it can host major sporting events. We're just a small town but we are competing with some of the biggest venues around.
"We have Yorkshire gymnastics, regional taekwondo and professional boxing as well as music events and Comic Con. We have darts qualifiers as well which unfortunately are not open to the public but you still have the likes of Michael van Gerwen walking around the Metrodome."
During the Engish Open, O'Sullivan and several other players remarked upon how much better the Metrodome set-up was than how it had been for previous qualifying events. Bailey said: "We have learned a lot from the English Open and we're hoping to take that into the qualifiers. For the first few qualifiers we had, there was just one long bank of seating but we have changed that now so the seating is split and all tables are accessible for spectators."