⌀ 42.5 mm
The Crucible Theatre (often referred to simply as “The Crucible”) is a theatre built in 1971 in the city centre of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. As well as theatrical performances, it hosts the most prestigious event in professional Snooker, the World Championship.
In 1977, Carole Watterson went to see a play at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and suggested to her husband, promoter Mike Watterson, that it would make the ideal setting for Snooker.
Knowing that there was a real danger that there would be no World Snooker Championship that year, Watterson spoke to the theatre’s then-manager, Arnold Eliiman, and asked if he could stage the tournament there. Watterson rented the theatre for £6.600 for two weeks, and had to make a bid to the professional Snooker Association, guaranteeing them £17,000 from the tournament. It was accepted and the tournament remains at the now world-famous venue to this day, famous for its intimate atmosphere.