Judd Trump hopes Crucible keeps World Snooker Championship with 'a few minor tweaks'

April 29, 2022
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Judd Trump is aiming for a second Crucible crown this year (Picture: Getty Images)

Judd Trump has called for some changes to be made to the Crucible, but ultimately hopes the World Snooker Championship will stay at its Sheffield home.

There has been plenty of discussion about whether the sport’s greatest event should find a new venue, with a few players raising complaints about the Crucible.

Trump himself has suggested the World Championship should be at a venue with a bigger capacity, while Neil Robertson and Stephen Maguire have complained about the tight nature of the playing area in the two-table set-up.

The likes of John Higgins, Kyren Wilson and Anthony McGill have all spoken out on their desire to keep hold of the Crucible and now Trump has come round to the idea, but he would like to see some modernisation.

‘It is still unique because of how close the crowd is to the action,’ Trump said of the Crucible.

‘I think it’s such a tough one, I do love this venue. Just hopefully one day they can do a few minor tweaks and then we can stay here.

‘If there’s some way of making the back a little bit bigger, a bit more hospitality then it would be even more impressive.’

World Snooker Tour president Barry Hearn has been adamant that the tournament will not be leaving Sheffield, and even if it does end up moving from the Crucible, it will be to a bigger arena in the same city.

‘The World Championship has this mystique called “The Crucible” live from Sheffield, to 500 million viewers around the world,’ Hearn said on the BBC.

‘To get an extra few hundred people in is financially academic. The big brand is the broadcast value to all those countries round the world that go, “”ow, draw dropping, the last chapter of an Agatha Christie novel.”

‘In my lifetime, however long that may be, there will be no changes.

‘After me there will be son Edward with a little note in his dad’s will which says: “Crucible, we’re staying”.’

Having said that, Hearn did add that there was the possibility of a new, bigger venue in Sheffield.

‘We’re talking about history. We’re talking about people having silly little ideas because they get a bit too much time on their hands,’ he said.

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Barry Hearn intends to hang onto the history of the Crucible (Picture: Getty Images)

‘But it’s not about a few quid of gate money. If anything, yes, let’s build a bigger Crucible – I’m up for that, but the history of the Crucible location…

‘Madison Square Gardens has moved several times during its existence, but it’s still called Madison Square Gardens. So there’s no reason why the Crucible shouldn’t be re-built. But I’d like to keep it in Sheffield because it has the history, and history, for once in someone’s life is something you can’t buy.’

The contract to keep the World Championship at the Crucible runs until 2027. so there will certainly be no changes before then.

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