Barry Hearn picks up from 45 as a promoter as the World Snooker Championship Final is played in front of a sell-out crowd at Crucible
- Barry Hearn on Monday completed 45 years of business as a promoter
- Hearn was bid farewell when he witnessed the selling crowd of the World Championship Final
- Hearn insisted that the World Championships would remain at Crucible after 2027
Barry Hearn signed 45 years ago as a sports promoter on Monday – which was appropriate for the huge roaring sound of a large crowd at the dear Crucible Theater.
The Betfred World Championship Final in Sheffield saw the first singular audience for any sporting event since Cheltenham in March 2020.
There’s still something special about snooker for a guy who bought a chain of clubs in Essex in 1974, and then saw a red-headed guy wandering around two years later in a moment of sliding doors that would change his life and that of Steve Davis.
Barry Hearn signed 45 years old as a sports promoter at the fabulous Crucible Theater
Hearn has stunned his team’s efforts to deal with Covid and the continuation of the game.
On Monday, Hearn said proudly: “What comes out of this world championship can be huge not only for snooker, but also for so many aspects of our society and our lives.
“Sport was my life and I didn’t want to end it without the crowd’s roar and the smell of paint.”
The Betfred World Championship Final in Sheffield saw the first singular audience for any sporting event since Cheltenham in March 2020
Hearn reassured fans that the World Championships would remain in Crucible well beyond 2027
Hearn also reassured fans that the World Championships would remain at Crucible beyond its current deal until 2027.
“There will be a row of hell if anyone tries to change that,” he said.
“It’s history – one thing you can’t mess around with.”