Summer’s here, and with it comes tennis season. Many viewers will experience Wimbledon with a bowl of strawberries and cream in front of the TV set, but for spectators hoping to grab a coveted seat at one of the live matches, here’s everything you need to know about buying a ticket for Wimbledon 2018.
There are a number of ways you can get your hands on a Wimbledon ticket. Aside from purchasing long-term debenture tickets, which are a little out of most of our price ranges, costing on average between £13,700 to £50,000, there are a few options available. You can enter the ballot, turn up on the day and queue, or attempt to purchase the day before.
The ballot for Wimbledon 2018 is closed, but it’s worth bearing in mind ahead of next year’s tournament. Traditionally oversubscribed, the ballot, which was first introduced in 1924, usually opens in September and closes on December 31st. From February onwards you’ll be notified about whether you’ve been successful.
Unlike many major sporting events, you can still buy tickets for Wimbledon on the day, expect for the last four days on Centre Court (which includes the Wimbledon final). There are limited tickets for Centre Court, No1 Court and No2 Court, so it’s definitely worth the wait.
When you arrive you’ll be given a Queue Card, showing the time you arrived and your position in the queue. If you get lucky, you’ll need it for entry to the grounds, so don’t lose it!
What time do I need to turn up to queue at Wimbledon?
Hopefuls often camp and queue overnight! They are then woken up by stewards at around 6am, in order to make room for others who are turning up, before those near the front of the queue will be handed out tickets for the Show Courts at 7:30am.
If you’re queueing for ground passes, it’s advised that you turn up at least a few hours before the grounds open at 10:30am.