Manchester’s EventCity will host the English Open part of the Home Nations snooker series from 10-16 October.

The tournament will see the sport’s top players, including 128 of the world’s leading green baize stars, competing for the top prize of £70,000.

The Home Nations series also includes the Irish Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open.

World Snooker press officer Ivan Hirschowitz said: “We’re delighted to be staging the new English Open at EventCity in October. After hosting the Players Championship at EventCity earlier this year, we have no doubt that the venue is well suited to host a full world ranking event. It’s an excellent venue with top class facilities and the feedback from officials and players was very good.

“Manchester has a fantastic reputation for staging top class sporting events and I’m sure the fans will be out in force to see the leading green baize giants competing for this coveted prize.”

Andy Orr, managing director at EventCity, added: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as the venue for the Home Nations English Open. This is the start of a major event in the snooker industry.

“As the second-largest and most flexible event space out of London with world-class facilities, EventCity is helping Manchester become a first choice on the global sports and events scene.”