Barry Hearn leaves 45 as a promoter as World Snooker Championship final is played in front of sold-out crowd at Crucible
- Barry Hearn ended his 45th birthday as a promoter on Monday
- Hearn’s farewell came as the sold-out crowd watched the World Championship final
- Hearn insisted World Championship will remain at Crucible beyond 2027
Barry Hearn signed his 45th birthday as a sports promoter on Monday – and rightly so, it was to the sound of a huge roar from a sold-out crowd in his beloved Crucible Theater.
The Betfred World Championship final in Sheffield presented the first capacity audience for any sporting event since Cheltenham in March 2020.
Something remains so special about snooker for a man who bought a chain of clubs in Essex in 1974 and then saw a gangly young redhead wander two years later for the life-changing sliding door moment and that of Steve Davis.
Barry Hearn left 45 years as a sports promoter in his beloved Crucible Theater
Hearn was blown away by his team’s efforts to deal with Covid and get the game going.
And a proud Hearn said on Monday: ‘What comes out of this world championship could be huge not just for snooker, but for many aspects of our society and our lives.
“ Sport has been my life and I didn’t want to end it without the roar of the crowd and the smell of grease paint. ”
The Betfred World Championship final in Sheffield presented the first capacity audience for any sporting event since Cheltenham in March 2020
Hearn reassured fans that the World Championship will remain at the Crucible beyond 2027
Hearn also reassured fans that the World Championship is expected to remain in Le Creuset beyond his current contract until 2027.
“There will be a hell of a feud if anyone tries to change this,” he said.
“It’s history – something you can’t play with.