SNOOKER fans in Barnsley will be able to watch the game's top players in action for free at the Metrodome in October.

The venue will stage World Snooker tournaments for the first time this season, starting with the two-day International Championship qualifiers starting on October 1.

All professional players will be eligible to enter which means stars such as Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy could be in action.

The International Championship qualifiers will see 128 players involved, with the 64 winners going through to the final stages in Chengdu, China.

"This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our existing fans for their loyal support," said Barry Hearn, chairman of World Snooker.

"It’s a chance to come and see your heroes free of charge and for anyone who hasn’t seen live snooker before, it’s the perfect opportunity to see what it’s all about."

All matches are best of 11 frames and there are sessions at 9.30am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm on both days. The draw and format will be released after the seeding cut-off point on September 23.

Later in the season, the Metrodome will also host the qualifying rounds of the German Masters (December 11-12), Haikou World Open (December 13-14) and China Open (February 17-18).