Did you manage to bag a ticket this year?
What to do if you missed the ballot….
If you were unlucky in the public ballot for Wimbledon tickets this year, here are your options, so you don’t miss out on the action on those immaculate lawns.
Join the Great British Queue
The obvious answer here is, the earlier you join the daily queue, the greater the chance you have of getting that elusive Center Court ticket.
Believe me, people camp out overnight, and even your tent is in a queue.
Wake up call
So, if you did risk the Great British weather and sleep under the stars, you’ll be woken at 6am by a steward and asked to pack your bits together and form a tighter queue.
Then at around 7:30am stewards will start to issue wristbands to those towards the front of the queue, for the show courts (Centre Court, No.1, No.2). These wristbands will only be issued for the exact number of seats available that day.
Several thousand Grounds Passes are also available each day at the turnstiles. So, you can use these for the unreserved seating and standing areas on Courts No.3 to 18 (known as ‘Outside Courts’).
Don’t forget as these types of tickets are Grounds Passes, you can sit on Henman Hill or Murray Mount (you name it, depending on your era, I suppose you could also have Perry’s Peak) and watch all the action on the big screen.
The grounds open at 10:30am, so if you didn’t camp or join the back of the queue a few hours earlier, you might be disappointed.
If you managed to get a, Grounds Pass keep an eye on the Ticket Resale kiosk after 3pm. If a current ticket holder had to leave early for the day, they have the option of handing back their tickets for resale (or have it scanned if you wish to keep it as a souvenir), so that others can enjoy your seats at a small charge and the proceeds are given to charity.
Some matches continue on later into the evening & often some spectators need to leave.
Do not buy tickets from touts; chances are they will not gain you access. Other than ‘Debenture’ tickets all other tickets are non-transferable and cannot be sold or offered for sale. If you are unable to use your Public Ballot ticket, then contact the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Big Brother is watching you….
Is via Ticketmaster online daily ticket sales, several hundred tickets are sold online via the Ticketmaster.co.uk website the day before play.
Other possibilities (depending on budget)
Obtaining a hospitality ticket, which unless you are ‘in the know’ could be quite expensive.
Equally the same with Debenture tickets, as mentioned these can be sold via secondary websites. However, ensure that you are completely happy with the origin of the ticket, as Debenture seats are not allocated until the end of May.
Some package holiday breaks are available via Newmarket Holidays.
Lastly, if you are a member of a Tennis Club or federation, they may have had an allocation.
There’s always next year
If you want to enter the ballot for next year, here’s how to go about it.
You’ll be entered into a public ballot for tickets for Centre, No.1, No.2 or No.3 Court for The Championships.
- The opening date for the Public Ballot is usually 1 September.
- Public Ballot application forms are available until 15 December.
- The closing date for receipt of all completed ballot applications is 31 December.
- Successful applicants will be notified from February the following year.
1. Join the queue
2. Daily Ticketmaster sales
3. Hospitality tickets
4. Debenture tickets
5. Packaged tour
6. Watch it on TV and apply for the public ballot next year
Or last resort you can have mine……..ONLY JOKING!!!!
Oops we did it again
Did I forget to mention that my mum and I managed to get tickets for 2018 Championship, how lucky are we?
Inspired to visit Wimbledon?
Don’t take my word for it, enjoy the Great British spirit and join the queue.
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