In Tudor square outside the Crucible there is a big screen to watch live the snooker from inside (it can be hard to get a ticket although as in Saturday’s post) I have got in for free once
There are benches in Tudor square or you can watch the tv from the outside tables of the bars The Head of Steam or Crucibke corner. The square has little hedges cut into ball shaped and coloured the colours of snooker balls.
The other decorative hedging in the square, is the hedging shaped as snooker players.
I have was briefly in the winter gardens on Sunday 22nd, before being evacuated. The winter gardens are opposite side of square to Crucible. The picture below is of Winter Gardens taken from the Crucible.
The Winter Gardens has a snooker table and acts as the tv studio during snooker. Below is Hazel Irvine and the other presenters. The Winter Gardens is free to enter and like a giant greenhouse full of vegetation.
My phone went so this I not got off press. But C who was 6-2 down, got it back to 8 all. Then won next 2 games to win 10-8. Does that sound like, I know what talking about? I got excited by snooker! The underdog winning! Snooker is boring usually.
Snooker is played best to 10. The match between Carter and Dott is currently level 8 all.
Just outside the Crucible the Winter gardens have just been evacuated due to fire alarm.
It makes you think… Sheffield is hosting a world championship. It is high profile. High profile events are targeted by terrorist. It is starting to rain. But we are British we are dealing with it all calmly. Not sure if that is why dog around?
How suspicious do need to be of those with suitcases?
The Winter Garden’s turns into the studio for snooker coverage. There is a table on set. Between tv coverage members of public get to play. Once I got to see darts player Wayne Mardle play on the table. I have seen presenters Hazel Irvine and John Parrot on the table in Winter Gardens.
I last saw snooker 2years ago. While I was watching snooker on table in Winter gardens someone said they had to leave afternoon session to catch a train, so they gave me their tickets. I saw the end of Baird vs Selby.
Earlier that year in the tournament on the day saw darts player Wayne Mardle saw, Ricky Walton vs snooker player Robbie William’s.
I saw the first of the herd of elephants during the 2016 tournament. It arrived ahead of the rest of the herd because it was snooker themed.
At the same time the swing ‘thing’ was in town. I was a little obsessed by it and took lots of pictures of it from all over town.
For more Sheffield pictures including pictures from the transformation, this year into snooker city, see Steel City Static blog. The post below shows a presenter in winter gardens; presumably between shooting and not when live on tv!
Something else Sheffield is famous for us snooker. Particularly hosting world championship snooker at the Crucible every year. Crucible refers to Sheffield’s steel heritage. A crucible is used as part of steel making as it is a container that can hold very hot metal. The rest of the year the Crucible is a theatre.
The world championship starts today and the final is 7th May.
See Steelcitystatic for pictures of Sheffield transforming for the snooker. Plus other Sheffield pictures.
My rankings of theatre performances
2016 top 3 theatre performances:
In 3rd place: Relatively Speaking: hilarious!
In 2nd place: The Nap: Easily capturing the atmosphere of Sheffield theatre as performed at the Crucible.
In 1st place: Great Gatesby. Meaning the deli theatre moves up from honourable mention last year!
Top 3 theatrical performance of 2015 (in no particular order): Blasted (Sarah Kane), Curious Incident of Dog in nighttime and The Effect. Honourable mention to Woolworth’s pick of mix …spending evening in old Sheffield Woolworth’s reminiscing about all Woolworth’s of my youth, winning pass the parcel and reading an e-mail to the rest of the audience and going home with pick and mix 🙂