The Tempodrom was first used for snooker seven years ago – but the circumstances and conditions presented a serious challenge for all those involved, including six-time world champion Steve Davis. The visiting Holiday on Ice show had a day off mid-run, and a hastily-arranged ‘Snooker on Ice’ was scheduled with a table installed on top of a thin carpet to protect the surface. However the carpet was little protection against the extreme cold, and Davis, Matthew Stevens, Neil Robertson and Germany’s Lasse Munstermann battled on with noses streaming and according to the Nugget “frozen up to the waist”.