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Ronnie O’Sullivan says the World Snooker Championship should remain at the Crucible in Sheffield unless another venue came in with an offer the sport could not refuse.
The 46-year-old won his seventh world title in the iconic venue on Monday night, cementing his place as the greatest player to ever pick up a cue.
There has been talk in recent months from some players that it could be time for the World Championship to move on from the Crucible and find a bigger, more modern venue.
However, the Rocket is not in that camp and wants to see the sport’s greatest event stay at the South Yorkshire theatre, unless an option appeared that was so good, it is impossible to turn down.
‘I really like The Crucible, I think it’s an amazing venue,’ O’Sullivan told talkSPORT.
‘It’s sort of iconic, there’s a brilliant atmosphere. It is our best venue and I’d only move it if they could get 5,000 people which would mean double the prize money.
‘Or unless China come in with an offer that you just couldn’t refuse. Otherwise why would you move it from Sheffield? Sheffield has been great to snooker, it’s sort of like the home of snooker really.
‘Until someone comes up with an offer you can’t refuse then I’d just keep it where it is.’
Beaten finalist Judd Trump had been one of the more vocal players hoping for a move away from Sheffield, but he has changed his tune after a third run to the final in South Yorkshire.
‘I was wrong when I said I wanted to move from here,’ said Trump after an 18-13 defeat to the Rocket. ‘I think it should definitely stay at the Crucible.’
While he has stepped down as chairman, Barry Hearn retains much influence as World Snooker Tour president and he insists that the World Championship will not be leaving the Crucible while he has any say in the matter.
‘In my lifetime, however long that may be, there will be no changes,’ Hearn told the BBC.
‘And after me, son Edward will be here with a little note in his dad’s will that says: “Crucible, we’re staying!”‘
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