Wimbledon is the world’s most prestigious tennis event and attracts millions of viewers across the globe. While it can host tens of thousands of attendees, getting tickets is no easy matter. However, there are a number of ways to boost your chances.
Due to the massive public demand for tickets, Wimbledon uses a ballot system in order to fairly distribute Show Court Tickets. This system has been used since 1924 and is open to everyone. Every year applications are substantially oversubscribed; therefore, only a small percentage of applicants are successful.
A limited number of tickets for Centre, No.1 and No.2 Courts, as well as the Grounds Admission can be purchased on the day of the event via specific turnsites. These tickets cannot be booked in advance and only several hundred are available – all tickets must be ordered via Ticketmaster. Efforts are made to ensure seat tickets that aren’t needed are available for resale to people who are already in the grounds.
Buying Debenture Tickets
Debenture ticket holders are financial supporters of Wimbledon. They receive a pair of tickets for the Centre Court or No. 1 Court for the entire duration of the tournament. They are the only tickets that are viable for third party resale and are available online at WimbledonDebentureHolders.com. All tickets come in pairs and include access to the exclusive debenture lounges allowing you to enjoy the full experience. The only downside is the price. Expect to pay at least £1,000 for a pair of No.1 Court tickets or £2,000 or more for a pair of Centre Court tickets.
A select number of tickets are allocated to tennis schools, federations, associations and organisations with special claims. In addition, Newmarket Holidays offer several packages including coach-inclusive breaks and Make-Your-Own-Way breaks which offer No.1 Court tickets, transport and accommodation facilities.
Lawn Tennis Association Tickets
You can join the Lawn Tennis Association for just £25 per year. This will qualify you for their independent ballot. While it certainly won’t guarantee tickets, the odds are much higher than in the public ballot.
The Queue certainly isn’t the easiest way to get tickets, but it’s one of the most popular methods. Unlike most other tennis events, Wimbledon offers tickets on the date of play, but as you probably guessed from the title, only for those who are willing to queue up. Waiting in The Queue is an experience in itself. To secure your spot you’ll undoubtedly have to spend the night. Only 500 Centre Court tickets are available to the public for the first nine days, so make sure you bring a comfortable sleeping bag, plenty of food and drink, and a change of clothes.
Of all the major sporting events throughout the world, getting into Wimbledon is without a doubt the most challenging – but it’s certainly not impossible! Follow these tips and you’ll significantly boost your chances. If you’d rather not spend thousands on a seat, The London Helicopter will provide an equally satisfying experience for a mere fraction of the price.