It is one of the most over-subscribed sporting events in the world, but if you haven’t got hold of a ticket for this year’s Wimbledon tournament there are still a number of ways you can experience some of the live action.
For anyone wanting to see the star names play on the show courts, the only option is to join The Queue. A limited number of tickets for Centre, Number 1 and Number 2 Courts can be purchased on the day at the turnstiles. These tickets cannot be booked in advance of the days that they are used and can be purchased only via The Queue.
Just remember, however, no tickets are on sale for centre court on the final four days of the tournament when the finals are taking place.
Should you miss out on a ticket to a show court, Grounds Admission passes allow access to unreserved seating and standing on Courts 3-19. These are also on sale on a first come, first served basis on the day of play and offer better value for money. Unlike the show courts, where play will not start until after 1pm, the Grounds are open from 10.30am daily until one hour after the close of play or 11pm, whichever is earlier.
Whichever type of ticket you require, it’s important to be prepared. If you want a Grounds Admission pass, you should try to arrive several hours before play gets underway. If you want a show court ticket, you may have to pack your sleeping bag.
In line you’ll be given a Queue Card that’s dated and numbered to show your place in the pecking order; this will be checked when you enter the grounds.
But tennis fins in the know can get a taste of Wimbledon after 5pm for a bargain price of less than £20. The Wimbledon organisers cut ticket prices after this time when many visitors who have gained admission earlier in the day decide to go home.
As the Wimbledon organisers state: “Entry at any time is subject to Grounds capacity, which does vary. Spectators may only be admitted as people leave, subject to weather/conditions of the Grounds.”
Use public transport
Whatever time you arrive at Wimbledon, don’t take your car. Traffic causes gridlock and you’ll never be able to park. Public transport is your best option, with trains leaving from Waterloo to Wimbledon station every four minutes and a regular District Line service running too. There’s also a shuttle bus to the grounds from the station and a bus service from Marble Arch running every 30 minutes.
Good luck with enjoying your Wimbledon experience, it’s definitely worth it once you secure the ticket you’re looking for. Or perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones who already has a ticket? Whatever the case, make sure you make the most of it.