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UK Championship to return to York Barbican

World Snooker have announced that the UK Championship will return to York Barbican this December. 

It is one of the biggest ranking events on the snooker calendar and is second only to the World Championship. Running from December 3 to 11 the UK snooker tournament will receive extensive coverage from the BBC, Eurosport and CCTV in China, beaming live action to an audience of hundreds of millions worldwide.

The UK Championship was previously staged at the Barbican Centre from 2001 to 2006. It’s likely to feature all of the world’s top players including John Higgins, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy and Ding Junhui.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: ‘We’re thrilled and excited to be heading back to the Barbican Centre in York for the UK Championship in December 2011. The top players had six happy years there and they all talk about the superb set-up of the arena and the excellent backstage facilities at the venue. The fans in York always generated a cracking atmosphere and no doubt they can’t wait for another chance to see the very best in the world in action. We’re looking forward to working with our partners in York and making it the home of the UK Championship once again.’

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