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Ronnie O'Sullivan wants snooker to be played in a darts atmosphere

Published 01/01/2016 | 15:12

The atmosphere at Alexandra Palace has been electric
The atmosphere at Alexandra Palace has been electric

Ronnie O'Sullivan wants to bring the raucous party atmosphere of a darts crowd to a snooker event.

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The five-time world champion has landed his major titles by playing in enforced near silence at snooker's major venues, including the Crucible.

The atmosphere can still be electric, but O'Sullivan is a regular visitor to the darts PDC Championship at Alexandra Palace, where the crowds, often fuelled by large amounts of alcohol, and razzmatazz provide an entirely different sense of occasion.

O'Sullivan wrote on Twitter: "The new rock stars are the dart players."

He asked his followers: "By the way who would go and watch a snooker match played in a darts atmosphere?"

Despite a mixed response, O'Sullivan added: "Ok we will do one and see how it goes, I will play (Judd) trump first and see if it's what the public wants.

"I'd love to play in that atmosphere, and anyone who can't, go home."

O'Sullivan, 40, was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours and will make his first tournament appearance since the World Championship last April when he plays at the Masters this month.

The Masters - also at Alexandra Palace - runs from January 10 to 17 and O'Sullivan starts his bid to win the event for a sixth time when he plays Mark Williams on January 12.

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