Stephen Maguire demands that the World Championship be moved from Crucible just before the tournament


The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield has hosted the World Championship in Snooker since 1977. There is a deal that will allow it to remain there until at least 2027.

Stephen Maguire is calling for the World Championship’s switch to another venue. This has caused the scorn of Crucible bosses.

Maguire (41), will be playing in Sheffield as the tournament’s 2022 edition gets underway. It will mark the 46th consecutive year that the tournament is held at the venue.

The snooker superstar made sure of his spot in main draw by beating two Chinese players in qualifying. Zhang Jiankang beat him 6-3. Zhou Yuelong, the world No 40, won 10-7. He is now preparing for the showpiece event.

The Crucible has become synonymous for snooker and has hosted some of the greatest moments in the sport. With a capacity of only 1,000, prominent players such as Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy all suggested to authorities that they consider moving elsewhere.

Maguire has now joined the ranks of discontent, having won six major ranking tournaments. Maguire, who claimed that his height was a problem at the building, even has a plan for a new venue.

“I’m not slagging the Crucible, but I’m not the biggest fan of the Crucible, I think it’s small,”Maguire explained Metro . “I’ve said that from day one when I qualified, it’s very small and it takes a bit to get used to.

“I’m tall, I like a walk in and you don’t get the walk in. But it is special, it’s got a special atmosphere on top of that, so it’s kind of 50-50. Yes, I would move it. Ally Pally is my favorite. [Alexandra Palace]This is probably the best venue in town.”

The Palace already hosts the Masters in snooker. However, it has become famous in sporting circles for its association with darts, being the home of the PDC World Championships every year.

At the 2021/22 event, a capacity crowd of 3,000 crammed into the arena on each night, and Maguire argues that switching snooker’s marquee event to there would benefit players and fans: “They do it the right way, and it’s fun to set it up. The Masters is second in the number of tournaments, but it feels the largest.

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

Maguire admitted that there may be players who have won the title in Sheffield before, something he has never done. However, Sheffield is under contract to continue the tournament until 2027 so it’s unlikely that he will get his wish.

Thursday will see the draw for the tournament. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s victory in 2021 means that ‘The Rocket’ is only one win away matching Stephen Hendry’s world record of seven titles.