I tend to bore everybody around me discussing this, so I will come on here first, for no other reason than my OCD tendancies might bore you snooker fans slightly less than my friends and family.
Question 1. Do I go next year?
Question 2. What do I book tickets to?
Regarding Question 1, I have been telling myself to have a break from Fortress Crucible for a couple of years. I know that I am a massive Crucible fanboy. But I have been every year since 2006, and for me it's becoming a bit been there, done it. I found myself looking forward to the Welsh Open more than The Crucible the last couple of years. That shouldn't be. Also, it's the one that has the furthest travel for me, and three sessions a day was becoming a bit gruelling.
Hearn selling tickets so far in advance last year, I decided not to bother. But the second tickets went on sale, I literally could think of nothing but going to the snooker. I wanted to have a year off but I couldn't. Like an alcoholic trying to kick an addiction, I was literally thinking about going booking tickets every waking second. It was never off my mind. Add that last year's visit was my greatest ever Crucible trip. I can't survive like that between May 2nd and next year.
Question 2. What do I book tickets to? They changed the order of the way they usually hold first round sessions, meaning what I thought was three full matches was one full match and four random sessions. Do I book tickets to every session I'm there for, and then return what I don't want?
My usual hotel has gotten less good. They've stopped doing evening meals, or serving draught beer. What used to be a thriving bar full of snooker fans, was just me and the barstaff. Also, they no longer have Eurosport in the bar. Restricting what snooker they can show. I'll try a few others perhaps.
No do I stand strong, refuse to book tickets again and just go to other tournaments, like the English Open, to keep it fresh? I run the risk of thinking about Crucible tickets every second for the whole year they are on sale. That's not an exaggeration.
Or do I shake it up a bit, maybe try and see if I can get semi-final tickets, or try a different ticket buying strategy?
All very confusing.
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