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udachi Elena
Feb 9th, 2006, 02:10 AM
Hey guys I'm trying to set up a trip to Wimbledon this year and was wondering if anyone who had been could fill me in on how things work. I'm planning on going over there and having to buy daily tickets at the turnstile. I was hoping someone whose been could tell me about the availability of those tickets and what time people generally start lining up to get them! Anything would greatly help!! Thanks :)

AjdeNate!
Feb 9th, 2006, 02:17 AM
I didn't attend the Championships, but I was there a few years ago. I can't speak of tickets, etc... but the museum is a must and plan for a lot of hours. It's seriously awesome for any true tennis fan. :)

Justeenium
Feb 9th, 2006, 03:11 AM
8AM's good enough if you want a grounds pass and want to be through security before play starts.

5AM (maybe earlier) and you can get Centre Court tickets.

FaceyFacem
Feb 9th, 2006, 04:12 AM
i didn't risk it, i wanted to GO TO WIMBLEDON, so i shelled out the $$ to make sure i got my tix for centre court, i didn't want to go there and not get a chance to see tennis on the most storied tennis arena in the world...

definitely go though, it was an experience i'll never forget...on my way to roland garros this year to see get my 3rd major...(US Open 1995-2005, Wimbledon 2002, Roland Garros 2006)

P.L.B.
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:19 AM
It is not a risk if you get there early. I will probably arrive about 06:30 each day. But even if you can't get a centre court ticket you can go straight to the reselling desk and wait for people to start leaving, some people leave very early.

LostGlory
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:32 AM
It is my favourite tourney I just love it and love going there.....for the first week if you get ground tickets you will be able to watch some great action on the outside courst....you'll have to que for tickets but if you join the que by 7 AM, you have a good chance of getting in by 10 or 11......once your in....it is amazing a great experience.....even if you que for 4 hours you wont be bored.....it is lovely place....I usually hang around the Practise courts in the Morning and watch the top players Practise.....

LostGlory
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:34 AM
It is not a risk if you get there early. I will probably arrive about 06:30 each day. But even if you can't get a centre court ticket you can go straight to the reselling desk and wait for people to start leaving, some people leave very early.

For center court tickets you need to que over night....

bellascarlett
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:39 AM
How much are centre court tickets in US dollars? And until what time of the year will they be available or do they not run out by the time the slam begins?

smiler
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:33 AM
I've been :) :) :) I didn't give two hoots about tennis before I went and now i'm totally hooked :) thank you Wimbledon! I usually get there around 7 am and that get's me in with a ground ticket around midday when play starts. A ground ticket will get you in to any court appart from centre court and court 1. If you stick around for long enough you might get to see centre court anyway (I did!) as people with centre court tickets who go home early sometimes just pass them on!

I could be totally wrong but I thought centre court tickets were only available through the public ballot? You'll have to get there pretty early for court 1 or 2 tickets though.

PamShriverRockz
Feb 9th, 2006, 08:23 AM
It is not a risk if you get there early. I will probably arrive about 06:30 each day. But even if you can't get a centre court ticket you can go straight to the reselling desk and wait for people to start leaving, some people leave very early.

Or you can be cheeky and ask people as they leave Centre if they are leaving and if you can have their ticket ;) Sometimes people will offer them without you even asking, that has happened to me lots of times.

Wimbledon is brilliant, an amazing experience! I've been going for years, it's one of the highlights of my year. But it is very tiring and needs a bit of planning. You need to get to the queue 6ish for show courts, probably earlier for centre. It depends who is scheduled. If Tim was on, they the queue would be bigger but seeing as his star has deminished I don't think this will effect things too much now ;) Be prepared for a VERY long wait, and it's not that comfortable lol.
The best way to guarantee the best Centre/no.1 tickets are camping over night.
Oh and Wimbledon is very expensive. Food & drink costs a lot!

Have fun!

LostGlory
Feb 9th, 2006, 08:27 AM
How much are centre court tickets in US dollars? And until what time of the year will they be available or do they not run out by the time the slam begins?

last year they were 49 to 50 quids....say 85 to 90 dollars....maybe more this year...

LostGlory
Feb 9th, 2006, 08:31 AM
I've been :) :) :) I didn't give two hoots about tennis before I went and now i'm totally hooked :) thank you Wimbledon! I usually get there around 7 am and that get's me in with a ground ticket around midday when play starts. A ground ticket will get you in to any court appart from centre court and court 1. If you stick around for long enough you might get to see centre court anyway (I did!) as people with centre court tickets who go home early sometimes just pass them on!

I could be totally wrong but I thought centre court tickets were only available through the public ballot? You'll have to get there pretty early for court 1 or 2 tickets though.

It is all on the official website....there is I think around 500 center court tickets available for daily sales.....and sometimes if people coming out of center court do not pass their tickets on you could rebuy them for something like 5 quids....Personally I prefer jumping around courts and practise courts....last year I watched center court and court one games with my ground pass.....sometimes when matches finish early for some reason they move other matches into center and court one and everyone gets to see them.....

LostGlory
Feb 9th, 2006, 08:33 AM
Or you can be cheeky and ask people as they leave Centre if they are leaving and if you can have their ticket ;) Sometimes people will offer them without you even asking, that has happened to me lots of times.

Wimbledon is brilliant, an amazing experience! I've been going for years, it's one of the highlights of my year. But it is very tiring and needs a bit of planning. You need to get to the queue 6ish for show courts, probably earlier for centre. It depends who is scheduled. If Tim was on, they the queue would be bigger but seeing as his star has deminished I don't think this will effect things too much now ;) Be prepared for a VERY long wait, and it's not that comfortable lol.
The best way to guarantee the best Centre/no.1 tickets are camping over night.
Oh and Wimbledon is very expensive. Food & drink costs a lot!

Have fun!

and the only thing edible is Hot Dogs and strawberries and cream...I gave away 3 sandwiches before I was able to eat one.....chicken sucked, the chinese sucked....and you are not allowed to bring in your food.....so if you are fussy, your screwed.....

lindsayno1
Feb 9th, 2006, 08:38 AM
camp overnight to be sure. we did it for ladies quarterfinals last year for the first time. Its quite safe. Take a tent and ingenious idea... a lilo to lie on! Much comfier than the pavement! Its a good laugh, they do pizza delivery in the queue and we had a mini TV to watch the clijsters v davenport 4th round last year whilst we were queueing.
If a brit is sheduled to play ie tim, greg or andy get there much earlier. But as soon as theyre out the queue size drops considerably.

Food and drink is a lot, but its all part of the experience.

Hachiko
Feb 9th, 2006, 08:43 AM
Went last year and 2002 but found it just too busy and claustrophobic. The tennis and the whole atmosphere was great though.

wally1
Feb 9th, 2006, 09:46 AM
I've always joined the queue about 8:30am for ground tickets and have always got in well before play starts. There's two queues you could join, one from the direction of Southfields tube and one from the direction of Church Road (which you'd get to from the overground train station). The consensus seems to be that the queue is shorter from the Church Road direction.

I've been to 3 of the 4 GS's (not US) and while they're all great, I'd say Wimby feels like the biggest "event"..

LostGlory
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:03 AM
I've always joined the queue about 8:30am for ground tickets and have always got in well before play starts. There's two queues you could join, one from the direction of Southfields tube and one from the direction of Church Road (which you'd get to from the overground train station). The consensus seems to be that the queue is shorter from the Church Road direction.

I've been to 3 of the 4 GS's (not US) and while they're all great, I'd say Wimby feels like the biggest "event"..

WIMBY is very authentic.....they are all good....but wimby has a special something to it....the grass maybe.....and the closness you feel so close to the players....

RayRob
Feb 9th, 2006, 11:19 AM
Hey guys I'm trying to set up a trip to Wimbledon this year and was wondering if anyone who had been could fill me in on how things work. I'm planning on going over there and having to buy daily tickets at the turnstile. I was hoping someone whose been could tell me about the availability of those tickets and what time people generally start lining up to get them! Anything would greatly help!! Thanks :)

RayRob's Guide to the Wimbledon Queuing Experience

OK, last year was my first queuing experience at Wimbledon (I went with lindsayno1).

Are you flying into UK from oversees or are you from mainland UK. Either way, you should know that Wimbledon isn't really all that close to London City centre.

However it is easily commutable on the London Underground. The London Underground is split into 4 zones, so if you buy say a ticket from say for example, "London Euston" (which is Zone 1) you need to buy a ticket that will get you to Either "Wimbledon" or "Southfields" (Southfields is better), both are Zone 4.

You can then, either get on a bus to Wimbledon from Southfields, or walk it. We walked and it took about 15mins I think. Buses are put on specifically as a "Wimbledon shuttle bus" so it only costs about 70/80 pence (UK Sterling).

If you want the choice of main court tickets, you need to camp over night. Lindsayno1 and myself were in the first 25 in the queue so we got to choose out of all the courts. We got to Wimbledon about 1.30pm the day before, we asked a steward where to go and they took us to Car Park 9 (they may take you to another one, depending on which side of the queue you've approached).

We didn't really get bored because I took the mini TV to watch Lindsay/Kim and we got chatting to some people around us. A couple of Scottish girls who were supporting for Kim while we were supporting for Lindsay. An American couple who wanted to experience Wimbledon but obviously not tennis fans, [ Man: "Who's younger, Venus or Serena?" Woman, "It's Venus." Me: "No, it's Serena" :lol: - bless 'em]

Then, we also got talking and having a laugh with some ladies. One English lady who had once been a lines person at Eastbourne :lol: and her two friends, one French and the other.....was she Austrian? or German? I can't remember. I know her mother tongue was German - well anyway, she just wanted go to Wimbledon so she could tell her tennis-mad father that she went. :haha: So, you won't get bored...everyone is in the same boat and wants to talk. You meet some interesting people.

At around 4pm, a steward will come round and give you a card that has the date and a number on - this is your queue card so that people can't push in front of you - it's also important if you're wanting a take-a-way too.

At about 5/6pm the take-a-way people come round to give you menus for pizza's, kebabs, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. They deliver in the queue and all they require is your queue number that is on your card....they will find you!

The annoying thing about camping is that you can't set up camp on the pavement/sidewalk until a couple of hours after play has ended because of getting spectators out. Unfortunately for us, a Federer thriller was going on so we couldn't queue up until 11pm......it might get worse once Wimbledon has a roof - later matches I guess!

At the end, Stewards come and fetch you and everyone marches over in the order they queued up in.

Set up your tent...yes, make sure you have an inflatable lilo or bed (the concrete floor isn't good) a camping roll isn't good enough either - I learned that the hard way! Security is good and there are camera's everywhere....I felt pretty safe but I never left valuables unattended - if I went the loo lindsayno1 watched them for me, or I would take them with me.

At around 7am, you wake up, wash up or whatever. The wash/toilet facilities are across the road in the car park you came from the night before. When you get back, you need to pack your tent away by 8am so the stewards can move the queue down to begin to fit more people behind you.

Tents and oversize baggage is put in lockers in one of the car parks (stewards will direct you if you don't know - they really are good). It was £1 per baggage last time but they only charged me £1 even though I had 2 bags. Make your way back to where you were, people are generally very good at letting you back in as they remember you (this is why it's good to make "friends" while queuing ;) )....if people behind you try to argue with you about it, just flash your queue card number at them that tells them you were WAY ahead of them :lol:

At around 8.30am (can't really remember), Stewards come round with wrist bands that either say, "Centre Court", "Court no1", or "Court2"....the earlier in the queue you are, the more chance you get to pick the one you really want. An OOP for the day is usually put on the TV screens along the queue or you can buy a newspaper off the people in the morning who are selling them to find out the OOP.

Once you got your wrist band, that's it - you will definitely have tickets for that court! You won't be able to change or get any other ticket at the gate.

The stewards then filter you to the relevant gate for your ticket. Be careful of people pushing past you at this point because now your numbered ticket means nothing. If people from behind you who are going on the same court as you get in from of you, then they can snag the better tickets closer to the court. Make sure you're quick off the mark.

Once at the turnstile (where you can only pay with CASH), just tell the lady/man where you would prefer to sit - he/she will have a map there so you can get an idea of the locations. If they have some left, they will try and put you as close to where you want as possible.

We got good tickets for C1, we were just 2 rows back and saw every mumble Lindsay made!
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Hope this helps you......if there's anything missing, please feel free to add to it :D

Enjoy Wimbledon! :wavey:

-Rache

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 9th, 2006, 02:15 PM
At around 7am, you wake up, wash up or whatever. The wash/toilet facilities are across the road in the car park you came from the night before. When you get back, you need to pack your tent away by 8am so the stewards can move the queue down to begin to fit more people behind you.

7am ?? by then the toilets are totally filthy, and there's too many people in them.

stewards wake you up alot earlier than that, its more like 6-30at latest, and with their stick sometimes :lol:
most are awake alot earlier than that, newspaper sellers tend to wake me up
so does traffic :o (I'm always up at 5am :o )

RayRob
Feb 9th, 2006, 02:44 PM
7am ?? by then the toilets are totally filthy, and there's too many people in them.

stewards wake you up alot earlier than that, its more like 6-30at latest, and with their stick sometimes :lol:
most are awake alot earlier than that, newspaper sellers tend to wake me up
so does traffic :o (I'm always up at 5am :o )

:lol: I know - didn't want to put the guy/girl off completely ;) I didn't get all that much sleep either and was awake by 5/6am myself. I don't think i went to wash up until about 6.45am though and the facilities weren't THAT bad! :D

I don't remember the stewards coming round much earlier than 7am though...maybe it was a good day for being in the queue that day :angel:

-Rache

Justeenium
Feb 9th, 2006, 02:55 PM
I joined the North queue at 06:30 on the second tuesday and got centre court tickets, though Henman was playing on Court 1 that day.

Justeenium
Feb 9th, 2006, 03:10 PM
Some corrections to what RayRob said:

Southfields is in Zone 3, not 4.
The walk from Southfields to the north queue is only about a 5 minute walk.
The bus from Southfields to the All England Club is 1 pound.

smiler
Feb 9th, 2006, 03:14 PM
It is all on the official website....there is I think around 500 center court tickets available for daily sales.....and sometimes if people coming out of center court do not pass their tickets on you could rebuy them for something like 5 quids....Personally I prefer jumping around courts and practise courts....last year I watched center court and court one games with my ground pass.....sometimes when matches finish early for some reason they move other matches into center and court one and everyone gets to see them.....

Cheers L.G. :kiss:

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 9th, 2006, 03:46 PM
Some corrections to what RayRob said:

The walk from Southfields to the north queue is only about a 5 minute walk.


walk takes me 2 mins :p

!<blocparty>!
Feb 9th, 2006, 03:51 PM
Me! :dance:

Libertango
Feb 9th, 2006, 03:55 PM
I got in the queue at 6am once and still didn't get show court tickets! :sad: However I had an amazing day on the outside courts, and spoke to Akiko Morigami, Chanda Rubin and Paola Suarez, so it ended up being an amazing day! I'd say get there no later than 7:30 if you want to get in at the start of play.

On ladies semi day in 1996 we were so desperate to see Date-Graf that we started queueing at 4am, and even though it rained almost all day, I got to see the first 2 amazing sets of Date-Graf!! :worship: I can't believe that was 10 years ago! :eek: I feel so old LOL, and I was only 8 at the time!

honeyke
Feb 9th, 2006, 04:01 PM
what about hotels and youth hostels?

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 9th, 2006, 04:09 PM
what about hotels and youth hostels?

http://www.st-christophers.co.uk/

cheapest if you dont mind sharing with 8 in a dorm :o (also 4 and 6 dorms)
u can get a private 2 bed.

there a few in London but Shepherds Bush is closest.


some as low as £9 per night (couldnt buy a pizza for that much in London)

SvetaPleaseWin.
Feb 9th, 2006, 04:54 PM
i went last year and it was amazing
i went on the 2nd day and saw henin lose to daniilidou on court 1 (got tickets through the ballot)

i thought the best bit was walking round the outside courts before play started on no. 1 court. you're so close to everyone and it's much smaller than it looks on TV.
i got to see zvonareva having one of her tantrums and massu walked right past me.

i didnt get chance to go to the museum as play finished at about 9.15 pm. has anyone been, what's it like? hopefully i'll get tickets again this year!

PaulieM
Feb 9th, 2006, 05:22 PM
i went last year. i got tickets for centre court through the ballot for one day, nobody wanted to queue with me overnight so i got ground's passes for a couple of days early in the first week, and there were still plenty at about noon, so you don't necessarily have to get there ridiculously early. the outside courts are definitely so much fun, unless it's someone you really are dying to see on a show court i almost wouldn't bother just because you're likely to get shit seats anyway, and you can still see plenty of "big name" players on the outer courts. i had a great time! :)

LostGlory
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:41 PM
Cheers L.G. :kiss:

see u there :yeah:

!<blocparty>!
Feb 9th, 2006, 06:49 PM
i went last year. i got tickets for centre court through the ballot for one day, nobody wanted to queue with me overnight

Are you single and hot? :D

Helen Lawson
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:06 PM
I'm sorry, but I'd only sleep in a tent overnight for a very large amount of money, or with the guarantee of being able to have sex with the celebrity of my choice.

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:35 PM
I'm sorry, but I'd only sleep in a tent overnight for a very large amount of money, or with the guarantee of being able to have sex with the celebrity of my choice.

So i guess we will have to make sure that Paris Hilton is in town :tape:

udachi Elena
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:36 PM
Thanks so much guys!!! This is going to be VERY helpful!!! Sounds like its a lot of work but totally worth it. This is the only way to get tickets right?

Helen Lawson
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:38 PM
So i guess we will have to make sure that Paris Hilton is in town :tape:

Yuck! That girl's a walking STD. She's like on the bottom of my list.

TheBoiledEgg
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Thanks so much guys!!! This is going to be VERY helpful!!! Sounds like its a lot of work but totally worth it. This is the only way to get tickets right?

not unless you happen to have lots of $$$$
then you can buy corporate package,

or buy a debenture ticket (if you have one of these, its very easy to make your money back and more)

lindsayno1
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:46 PM
or buy em off eBay and pay through the nose...

PamShriverRockz
Feb 10th, 2006, 08:37 AM
and the only thing edible is Hot Dogs and strawberries and cream...I gave away 3 sandwiches before I was able to eat one.....chicken sucked, the chinese sucked....and you are not allowed to bring in your food.....so if you are fussy, your screwed.....

Argh the food at Wimby suckz. It wouldn't be so bad if you weren't paying ridiculous prices! And bottles of drink are the most expensive I've ever come across lol

Still, it's such a laugh, definately worth it ;)

If anyone decides to go to a hostel, be careful as some are very very very dodgy. I'd rather my chances in a tent on the street!

lindsayno1
Feb 10th, 2006, 08:38 AM
Argh the food at Wimby suckz. It wouldn't be so bad if you weren't paying ridiculous prices! And bottles of drink are the most expensive I've ever come across lol

Still, it's such a laugh, definately worth it ;)

If anyone decides to go to a hostel, be careful as some are very very very dodgy. I'd rather my chances in a tent on the street!

Its because its London. London is SO expensive. You can easily pay £15 entry to a club and pay £5 per drink... its rediculous!

PamShriverRockz
Feb 10th, 2006, 09:08 AM
Its because its London. London is SO expensive. You can easily pay £15 entry to a club and pay £5 per drink... its rediculous!

Well, I've found London prices to be pretty much the same as most other cities in the UK, Cardiff (where I live) included. I went out in the West End not that long ago and the prices in the bars were exactly the same as in Cardiff :shrug:
I've found Wimbledon to be more expensive AGAIN. If you buy food in the shops down the road from Wimby it's a lot cheaper lol
No wonder they make a fortune in those two weeks!

GoDominique
Feb 10th, 2006, 09:32 AM
I arrived at the queue at 6.10 once and virtually got the last no.1 ticket, that was quite cool.

If you just wanna get a Ground ticket, again it depends on what you want.
If you wanna have full choice of courts, you should join the queue at 7 or 7.30, then you will be in when the gates open at 10.30 and you can run to Court 2/3. ;) Court 18 is usually the next court that fills up.
Still, on the first few days it doesn't really matter so you might arrive as late as 9 am and still get in in time with plenty of seats left on Court 13 and outside courts. :)

controlfreak
Feb 10th, 2006, 09:48 AM
http://www.st-christophers.co.uk/

cheapest if you dont mind sharing with 8 in a dorm :o (also 4 and 6 dorms)
u can get a private 2 bed.

there a few in London but Shepherds Bush is closest.


some as low as £9 per night (couldnt buy a pizza for that much in London)

That's what I did last year - hostel in Shepherd's Bush was about £12 per night (but right next to a noisy main road so don't expect to get more than 2-3 hours' sleep).

Tube station is just opposite and opens around 5:30am. So you can get to Wimbledon and join the queue by about 6:00 which is pretty good. By this point you will get to sit in a field to queue which is quite a nice way to spend part of the morning. When the queue starts moving is when it becomes stressful, and you will probably end up sat on the pavement for an hour waiting for it to move. Luckily there is always some entertainment in the form of people who come by selling things, and the foolish antics of your fellow queuers. You should get inside by about 10:30-11:00 by give plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere, watch players practising, and start working on your sunburn.

Personally I don't see the point of paying for anything more than a grounds pass. In week 1 it will give you access to 100s of players' matches so there really is no better value. I think they are going up to £16 this year though. If you bring a 2 litre bottle of water and your own sandwiches you won't need to buy any of the rip-off food. Other essential items include a hat and suntan cream (you did check the weather forecast before you planned your trip, didn't you?)

PamShriverRockz
Feb 10th, 2006, 09:50 AM
and the foolish antics of your fellow queuers.

Heheh we make our own entertainment ;)

udachi Elena
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:12 PM
thanks so much for all the advice!! One last question? Hotels near wimbledon or close enought o mass transit to get there?