How To Queue For Wimbledon 2015

Jun 22nd 2015 | lifestyle | london

The Wimbledon Championships, taking place this year from the 29th June to 12th July is actually one of the few major UK sporting events where the public can get their hands on premium tickets on the day of play itself. The catch? You’re going to need to queue!

What time should I arrive?
The grounds open at 9.30am, but as there are only 500 tickets available for each of the three main courts (Centre Court, Court 1 and Court 2), it’s suggested you either get into camping mode and pitch up the night before or arrive by 6am. Depending on who is playing and how late in the tournament it is, there’s a better chance of getting ground passes (which includes Courts 3-19) if you arrive before 8am.

Where does the queue start?
Join the queue inside Wimbledon Park. Access can be from either Wimbledon Park Road (if arriving from Southfields Underground Station) or along Melrose Avenue (more convenient for Wimbledon Park Underground Station). Upon entering the park, the Stewards will direct you to your queue position and issue each person a numbered Queue Card. This means you cannot hold a place in the queue for anyone else. These cards will be checked a few times before entering the Grounds so do not lose them!

What happens next?
The queue for on the day tickets is located at the Gate 3 turnstiles. Transactions are strictly cash only, one ticket per person, and on a first-come-first-served basis. Queue Cards are divvied out daily to each arrival and represent your exact placement in the queue. Queue Cards are dated, numbered and will be checked on entry to the Grounds. Planning on skipping to the front? Plan thwarted.

What tickets can I get? 
Each day, 500 tickets are made available to each show court (Centre Court, Court No 1, and Court No 2). Since you’re given a queue card when you arrive, which has your exact number in the queue, you’ll know as soon as you get there whether you are in the first 1500 people or not. After the show courts sell out, around 5,000-6,000 grounds passes are sold, so if you get a queue card with a number less than 6500 you are virtually guaranteed a spot for the full day. 

Do bring: sunscreen, umbrella, water, food for a picnic, books or activities to keep you occupied while you wait, cash for your ticket purchase (on-the-day transactions cannot be made with debit or credit card) and for Pimm’s (£20 per jug) or strawberries and cream (£2.50).  

Do not bring: selfie-sticks (they’re counted as a prohibited item), barbecues, gazebos, large quantities of alcohol, a bag larger than 40cm x 30cm x 30cm as this is the maximum size permitted in the grounds.

It’s really lovely to have assurance from the company arranging the night that we will be looked after, even after we have paid the money - Charlotte