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Stephen Maguire demands that the World Championship leave Crucible on the eve of the tournament

The Snooker World Championships have been held at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield since 1977 and there is an agreement that it will remain there until at least 2027

Stephen Maguire has called for the World Cup to be held at a different location
Stephen Maguire has called for the World Cup to be held at a different location

Stephen Maguire risked the wrath of the Crucible bosses by calling out to him World Championship to change venues.

Maguire, 41, will play in Sheffield when the 2022 version of the tournament gets underway at the weekend. It is the 46th consecutive year that the tournament has been held at this venue.

That snooker star secured his place in the main draw with back-to-back wins over two Chinese players in qualifying, first beating Zhang Jiankang 6-3. The world No. 40 then confirmed that with a 10-7 win over Zhou Yuelong and is now preparing to start the flagship event.

The Crucible has become synonymous with snooker and has provided some of the sport’s most iconic moments over the years. With a capacity of just 1,000, however, leading players such as Neil Robertson, Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy have all publicly suggested authorities are considering moving elsewhere.

And now Maguire, who has won six major ranking tournaments, has joined the voices of dissatisfaction. And the “Maverick” – who has hinted that his height is a problem in the building – even has a backup location in mind.

“I don’t berate the Crucible, but I’m not the biggest fan of the Crucible, I think it’s small,” Maguire said The subway . “I’ve said from day one when I qualified, it’s very small and it takes a bit of getting used to.







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“I’m tall, I like a walk-in and you can’t get in. But it’s special, it has a special atmosphere on top of that, so it’s kind of 50-50. I would postpone it, yes I would, I think Ally Pally [Alexandra Palace] has become our best venue by far.”

The palace already hosts the Masters in snooker. However, in sporting circles it has become famous for its association with darts as it is the home of darts PDC World Championship yearly.

The 2021/22 event saw 3,000 spectators crammed into the arena each night and Maguire argues players and fans would benefit from moving the snooker marquee event there: ‘The way they do it, the way they set it up Why is the Masters the second largest tournament but feels like the biggest?

“I don’t get it, but they keep talking about history, but history has to start somewhere, doesn’t it? I imagine they can put two tables at Ally Pally’s, it’s big enough.”

Maguire admitted players who had previously won the title at Sheffield, a feat he never equaled, may have a different view. But with Sheffield under contract to hold the tournament until at least the end of 2027, he’s unlikely to get his wish anytime soon.

The draw for the tournament will take place on Thursday. With Ronnie O’Sullivan triumphing in 2021The Rocket is just one win away from matching Stephen Hendry’s record seven world titles.

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