The Wimbledon Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered one of the most famous. It has been held at the All England Club in London since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments the others being the Australian Open, the French Open (Roland Garros) and the US Open. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam still played on grass, the game’s original surface, which gave the game its original name of “lawn tennis”. There are a number of Wimbledon “traditions” include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and visit from members of the Royal Family.
The Tournament has blanket Television coverage in the UK and is watched all over the world, in 2013 Andy Murray laid to rest one of the Britain’s longest sporting failures by winning the Men’s Championship.
There is no doubt that Wimbledon has one of the most idiosyncratic ticketing policy in British sport, however for you to attend Wimbledon these are the options :
The Public Ballot, introduced in 1924, has always been substantially oversubscribed. Entry does not automatically entitle applicants to tickets for Wimbledon, but to a place in the draw for tickets. It is not possible to request tickets for specific days or courts, as the day and court offered are chosen randomly by a computerised selection process. The application must be in before December 31st of the year before the Championships.
The next option is to buy a ticket from a Debenture Holder who buys tickets over a period of years which provide funds for The All England Lawn Tennis Ground plc to finance capital projects .Tickets allocated to debenture holders are the only Championships tickets that are freely transferable and can be sold on the open market. There has long been a legitimate, but unofficial market for the sale of debenture tickets to agencies and hospitality outlets. Considering the considerable outlay to be a Debenture Holder, these tickets are sold on at a considerable price.
Online Daily Ticket Sales:
Several hundred Centre Court and No.3 Court tickets are to be sold online on the day before play via Ticketmaster on ticketmaster.co.uk
Details will be communicated initially to those people who have registered for regular Wimbledon e-mail newsletters. Click here to register
Other than Ticketmaster, The AELTC does not have any authorised ticket-only agents who sell tickets on the internet.
The next option is that the AELTC has two official tour operators who provide hospitality packages, including tickets and London hotel accommodation.
Keith Prowse offer packages for visitors from the UK, Europe, and the Americas.
Sportsworld offer packages for visitors from the UK, Asia and Australasia.
Once again this is a very expensive option but a legitimate source of tickets.
Finally there is an option if you have not entered the ballot and cannot afford to pay the expensive ticket prices. The final option is the Queue which has been a long tradition and provides a certain amount of tickets even for the show courts.
However the drawback is that thousands of people enter the queue and for the show courts you probably have to be there overnight and for the outer courts probably around five hours.
Wimbledon remains one of the very few major UK sporting events where you can still buy premium tickets on the day of play. There is ONE QUEUE for the on-day sale of tickets at the Gate 3 turnstiles.
The Queue for The Championships 2016 will begin at 8am on Sunday 26 June 2016.
The queue is heavily regulated by Stewards, supported by experienced Security Officers and the Police. If you decide this is what you want to do, there are a large number of Do’s and Don’ts .
How to Queue
When to arrive
If you would like to queue for Ground passes, it is advisable to join The Queue a few hours before the Grounds open at 9.30am.
It is also possible to join The Queue for late entry to The Championships, after 5pm
Queue Cards and Wristbands
On your arrival at the end of The Queue you will be issued with a Queue Card. This card is dated and numbered to show your position in The Queue. It must be retained and will be checked on entry to the Grounds. These are non-transferable. Please note therefore that your position in The Queue (and therefore what ticket you will receive) is dictated by what time you arrive in The Queue.
At approximately 7:30am Stewards will issue wristbands to those towards the front of The Queue who are queuing for tickets for the Show Courts. The number of wristbands issued exactly matches the quantity of tickets available for each court on that day.
Wristbands, marked by court and with a detachable ‘court’ tally, will be offered to queuers according to the number of Show Court tickets available. On reaching the entrance kiosk, the tally must be detached and handed to the cashier who will issue one ticket for the court on the tally.
Disabled Visitors with mobility impairments
There are facilities for mobility-impaired visitors to wait nearer the Grounds. Entry to the Grounds will be in The Queue Card number order. Please ask any Steward for further assistance. Disabled visitors with mobility impairments who intend to buy tickets on the day of play are advised to telephone the Ticket Office on +44 (0)20 8971 2473 for further details on queuing and car parking arrangements.
Tickets are sold strictly on the basis of one per person queuing and payment is by CASH ONLY.
Centre Court – Approximately 500 tickets are available each day at the turnstiles EXCEPT for the last four days on Centre Court which are pre-sold.
No.1 Court – approximately 500 tickets are available each day at the turnstiles.
No.2 Court – approximately 500 tickets are available each day at the turnstiles only for as many days as a full programme of matches can be maintained.
Ground – several thousand tickets are available each day at the turnstiles entitling use of the unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3-19.
Beware websites that offer tickets, check to see they are legitimate agencies and never buy from Touts outside the grounds.
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