The Masters is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the Snooker calendar, being one of the three Triple Crown events along with the World Snooker Championship and UK Championship.
The event has been held annually since 1975 and features the top 16 players in the world rankings. Ronnie O’Sullivan is the most successful player, having won seven Masters titles followed by Stephen Hendry with six.
Yan Bingtao of China is the defending champion, winning his first Triple Crown title in 2021 after defeating John Higgins 10-8 in the Final and become youngest winner in 26 years.
When is the Masters?
The Masters takes place every year, usually the first Snooker event in the calendar year and held over a period of 7 days in mid-January.
Where is the Masters?
The Masters has been held at several venues since its inception, starting at the West Centre Hotel in London in 1975. The New London Theatre held the event from 1976 to 1978, before it moved to the former Wembley Conference Centre between 1979 and 2006 when it was demolished to make way for the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium. The event was moved next to Wembley Arena where it was held until 2011 before moving to its current home of Alexandra Palace.
Address: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Travel to the Masters
Alexandra Palace is situated between Wood Green and Muswell Hill in the London Borough of Haringey in North London.
The two busiest airports in the UK serve London and between them have flights to most of the world’s prime destinations – Heathrow Airport is 21 miles west of Alexandra Palace, with Gatwick Airport approximately 34 miles south of the stadium.
Heathrow Airport sits on the London Underground Piccadilly Line which offers a direct line to Alexandra Palace’s closest station at Wood Green (see below). Or you can catch the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station and use the Underground to reach Wood Green from there.
From Gatwick Airport, you can use the Gatwick Express to reach Victoria Station and use the Underground to reach Wood Green from there.
The London Bus W3 route runs from from Finsbury Park and Tottenham to Alexandra Palace Ice Rink or Alexandra Palace Palm Court.
Alternatively, Megabus offers cheap travel to London and offers over 10 routes from Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich and Sheffield. You can search and book your tickets here.
The closest Underground station to Alexandra Palace is Wood Green on the Piccadilly Line, being a 20 minute journey from Piccadilly Circus. From Wood Green station, it is a 25 minute walk up the hill to Ally Pally or you can catch the W3 bus from the station.
Alexandra Palace offers 1,200 free parking spaces in the grounds, offered on a first come, first served based and it is not possible to reserve in advance.
Alexandra Palace has its own train station (Alexandra Palace Station) which has a regular service that runs direct from Moorgate, through Highbury & Islington or from Kings Cross, changing at Finsbury Park.
Hotels for the Masters
How do I get tickets to the Masters?
The latest ticket information for the Masters snooker event is available on the official website.