Snooker supremo looking to move Welsh Open out of Newport

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THE forthcoming Welsh Open snooker tournament could be the last to be held at the Newport Centre.

Chairman of World Snooker Barry Hearn has been reported today as saying that he would love to see the tournament - which brings the world's top-ranked players to Newport - staged in Cardiff in future.

The tournament has been held at the Newport Centre since 2005, and had been held in Newport for several years during the 1990s.

This year's event, beginning on February 19, will feature 128 players from around the world, including household names such as multi-world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and current Welsh Open title holder Stephen Maguire, who beat Stuart Bingham 9-8 in a thrilling final last year.

Mr Hearn is reported as saying that he wants to "upgrade" the event and that World Snooker will be looking at various venues in Cardiff.

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1:21pm Fri 17 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

The Celtic Manor should waste no time in moving on this opportunity.
The Celtic Manor should waste no time in moving on this opportunity. DavidMclean
  • Score: 8

3:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

keithbob says...

does barry hearn know something we dont?.whats next for demolition i wonder??
does barry hearn know something we dont?.whats next for demolition i wonder?? keithbob
  • Score: -3

3:06pm Fri 17 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

DavidMclean wrote:
The Celtic Manor should waste no time in moving on this opportunity.
not a bad suggestion, but might the celtic manor suck money from the surrounding area if that happened?

i mean, if it were to be held at a sports centre, those travelling would have to spend money on hotels, food etc. this would spread some of the money brought in around the area and amongst businesses.

if it were held in the celtic manor, Sir Terry would have a bit of a monolopy at the event. providing accomodation, meals etc.

methinks hes got enough already.
[quote][p][bold]DavidMclean[/bold] wrote: The Celtic Manor should waste no time in moving on this opportunity.[/p][/quote]not a bad suggestion, but might the celtic manor suck money from the surrounding area if that happened? i mean, if it were to be held at a sports centre, those travelling would have to spend money on hotels, food etc. this would spread some of the money brought in around the area and amongst businesses. if it were held in the celtic manor, Sir Terry would have a bit of a monolopy at the event. providing accomodation, meals etc. methinks hes got enough already. whatintheworld
  • Score: 0

3:30pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Vox Dei says...

keithbob wrote:
does barry hearn know something we dont?.whats next for demolition i wonder??
Yawn...
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: does barry hearn know something we dont?.whats next for demolition i wonder??[/p][/quote]Yawn... Vox Dei
  • Score: 8

3:30pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ExNewport says...

It's quite obvious that Barry Hearn was to stage the event somewhere with a bit more class than Newport can offer at the moment.
It's quite obvious that Barry Hearn was to stage the event somewhere with a bit more class than Newport can offer at the moment. ExNewport
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

ExNewport wrote:
It's quite obvious that Barry Hearn was to stage the event somewhere with a bit more class than Newport can offer at the moment.
The current location has poor facilities for a major event and poor parking. Cardiff is the logical place for it as Cardiff has suitable venues and would attract more visitors to the event

It will be a major blow to the Newport Centre as I would suspect the event should bring in significant revenues for the Centre. Loosing it may well increase the loses the Centre makes which considering budget cuts over the next 4 years will be a major problem
[quote][p][bold]ExNewport[/bold] wrote: It's quite obvious that Barry Hearn was to stage the event somewhere with a bit more class than Newport can offer at the moment.[/p][/quote]The current location has poor facilities for a major event and poor parking. Cardiff is the logical place for it as Cardiff has suitable venues and would attract more visitors to the event It will be a major blow to the Newport Centre as I would suspect the event should bring in significant revenues for the Centre. Loosing it may well increase the loses the Centre makes which considering budget cuts over the next 4 years will be a major problem Bobevans
  • Score: 4

5:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

wagtail says...

NCC do not exactly advertise the event unless you drive past the Leisure Centre,

Anybody seen any advertising for other events for the Riverfront / Leisure Centre? The council website tells you only whats on in the next month and a contact number, woefully inadequate.

Seems like they are running them down on purpose either to close them down or fanchise them for next to nothing.

Sooner the elections come round the better and hopefully the people of this town sorry city will vote for people that will do something !!
NCC do not exactly advertise the event unless you drive past the Leisure Centre, Anybody seen any advertising for other events for the Riverfront / Leisure Centre? The council website tells you only whats on in the next month and a contact number, woefully inadequate. Seems like they are running them down on purpose either to close them down or fanchise them for next to nothing. Sooner the elections come round the better and hopefully the people of this town sorry city will vote for people that will do something !! wagtail
  • Score: 1

5:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

wagtail wrote:
NCC do not exactly advertise the event unless you drive past the Leisure Centre,

Anybody seen any advertising for other events for the Riverfront / Leisure Centre? The council website tells you only whats on in the next month and a contact number, woefully inadequate.

Seems like they are running them down on purpose either to close them down or fanchise them for next to nothing.

Sooner the elections come round the better and hopefully the people of this town sorry city will vote for people that will do something !!
I would guess though that NCC just hire out the venue. It is down to the Welsh Open to handle the tickets and marketing
[quote][p][bold]wagtail[/bold] wrote: NCC do not exactly advertise the event unless you drive past the Leisure Centre, Anybody seen any advertising for other events for the Riverfront / Leisure Centre? The council website tells you only whats on in the next month and a contact number, woefully inadequate. Seems like they are running them down on purpose either to close them down or fanchise them for next to nothing. Sooner the elections come round the better and hopefully the people of this town sorry city will vote for people that will do something !![/p][/quote]I would guess though that NCC just hire out the venue. It is down to the Welsh Open to handle the tickets and marketing Bobevans
  • Score: 4

6:42pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Magor says...

There used to be regular concerts at the NewportCentre but there are very few these days,I dont think the council are bothered after all its only taxpayers money.
There used to be regular concerts at the NewportCentre but there are very few these days,I dont think the council are bothered after all its only taxpayers money. Magor
  • Score: -2

7:02pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Vox Dei says...

Bobevans wrote:
ExNewport wrote:
It's quite obvious that Barry Hearn was to stage the event somewhere with a bit more class than Newport can offer at the moment.
The current location has poor facilities for a major event and poor parking. Cardiff is the logical place for it as Cardiff has suitable venues and would attract more visitors to the event

It will be a major blow to the Newport Centre as I would suspect the event should bring in significant revenues for the Centre. Loosing it may well increase the loses the Centre makes which considering budget cuts over the next 4 years will be a major problem
If your beloved Cardiff has "suitable venues" then why did they move the event away from there?
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ExNewport[/bold] wrote: It's quite obvious that Barry Hearn was to stage the event somewhere with a bit more class than Newport can offer at the moment.[/p][/quote]The current location has poor facilities for a major event and poor parking. Cardiff is the logical place for it as Cardiff has suitable venues and would attract more visitors to the event It will be a major blow to the Newport Centre as I would suspect the event should bring in significant revenues for the Centre. Loosing it may well increase the loses the Centre makes which considering budget cuts over the next 4 years will be a major problem[/p][/quote]If your beloved Cardiff has "suitable venues" then why did they move the event away from there? Vox Dei
  • Score: 7

11:39am Sun 19 Jan 14

Mr Angry says...

Vox Dei wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
ExNewport wrote:
It's quite obvious that Barry Hearn was to stage the event somewhere with a bit more class than Newport can offer at the moment.
The current location has poor facilities for a major event and poor parking. Cardiff is the logical place for it as Cardiff has suitable venues and would attract more visitors to the event

It will be a major blow to the Newport Centre as I would suspect the event should bring in significant revenues for the Centre. Loosing it may well increase the loses the Centre makes which considering budget cuts over the next 4 years will be a major problem
If your beloved Cardiff has "suitable venues" then why did they move the event away from there?
Please dont dare challenge Bob Evans , he never responds anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Vox Dei[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ExNewport[/bold] wrote: It's quite obvious that Barry Hearn was to stage the event somewhere with a bit more class than Newport can offer at the moment.[/p][/quote]The current location has poor facilities for a major event and poor parking. Cardiff is the logical place for it as Cardiff has suitable venues and would attract more visitors to the event It will be a major blow to the Newport Centre as I would suspect the event should bring in significant revenues for the Centre. Loosing it may well increase the loses the Centre makes which considering budget cuts over the next 4 years will be a major problem[/p][/quote]If your beloved Cardiff has "suitable venues" then why did they move the event away from there?[/p][/quote]Please dont dare challenge Bob Evans , he never responds anyway. Mr Angry
  • Score: 2

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