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World Snooker Championship 2024: Snooker should ’embrace’ new alternatives amid Crucible uncertainty

Hearn, whose Matchroom firm personal a majority stake within the World Snooker Tour, added: “The tickets promote out immediately – you can promote it out 4 or 5 instances, so it’s tough.

“We take a look at issues that may proceed to offer alternatives for our gamers, enhance prize swimming pools, develop and carry on evolving whereas additionally remembering the historical past of the game, however that doesn’t imply standing nonetheless.”

Whereas the auditorium on the Crucible creates a novel ambiance, the constructing’s ageing services and its means meet the demand for tickets has grow to be a speaking level inside the sport.

Alexandra Palace in London – house to the Masters, one among snooker’s different Triple Crown occasions – is ready to accommodate over 2,000 followers at Alexandra Palace in London, whereas the invitational Hong Kong Masters drew a file crowd of 9,000 when it was final held in 2022.

“Snooker doesn’t want to simply must land within the UK or China. There are occasions persistently world wide and if there may be going to be funding in several areas we have to embrace that,” Hearn added.

“It’s not on the radar by way of attempting to maneuver the World Championship, however as the game grows you must perceive that the flagship occasion can be in demand. We now have three years left on the deal.

“It’s the most historic venue inside the sport and it is rather vital to the historical past and to the gamers. It must be a possibility that might be tough to refuse for the gamers. If there is a chance to drastically change the prize construction of the World Championship, for me you must take a look at that.”

Matchroom founder and president Barry Hearn has beforehand known as on Sheffield Metropolis Council to construct one other Crucible venue in an effort to fulfill the pull of the World Championship.

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