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Demska
Nov 28th, 2007, 08:32 PM
I will visit here in the summer. :)

Farina Elia Fan
Nov 29th, 2007, 05:45 PM
Hopefully me if exams are over :cool:

-sugi-
Nov 29th, 2007, 10:07 PM
Me :D
I moved not far from Birmingham this summer. It will be my first time going :D

Pdm1987
Dec 4th, 2007, 07:52 PM
I'll be going :)

IMPOSSIBLE
Dec 4th, 2007, 10:17 PM
Im Thinking About It :)

Escape
Dec 4th, 2007, 10:21 PM
I hope to be going :)

*Jean*
Dec 7th, 2007, 06:59 AM
I'll be in a training period in a firm not far of Birmingham during the tournament, I hope I'll be able to go there.

kirilenko_1
Dec 24th, 2007, 09:23 PM
im going,watching pratice on the sunday and play on thursday(like this year) ..hope to see some tennis this year instead of rain:sad:

stefi62
Jan 2nd, 2008, 03:04 PM
I am hesitating between Birmingham and Eastbourne. Still don't know, any tip to help me choose? What is better in your opinion?

tennis-jack
Jan 7th, 2008, 04:33 PM
Im goin dfs classic again :D In the summer hopefully sunny weather

IMZ1981
Jan 24th, 2008, 12:24 PM
I'll be there. It was my first time in Birmingham last year, on thursday!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope it will be better this year......

*Jean*
Feb 7th, 2008, 05:23 AM
I am hesitating between Birmingham and Eastbourne. Still don't know, any tip to help me choose? What is better in your opinion?

Moi j'y vais ;)

I'll be there both qualies & semifinals/final week-ends :)

tennis-jack
Mar 9th, 2008, 02:18 PM
Tickets BOX OFFICE opens tommorow :)

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 12th, 2008, 05:30 PM
ticket box opened some days ago

tickets now a right rip-off :help:
http://www.theticketfactory.com/Series/dfsclassic0806.html


even for LTA Members tickets now £85 for week :o
they were £60 last yr for whole week.

they nearly tripled in last 2-3 yrs
cost now is just like a day out at outside courts at Wimbledon now :spit:

bluepastures
Mar 15th, 2008, 09:53 AM
I'll be watching Qualifying / practice over the opening weekend of Birmingham. Fortunately I've been lucky with the weather that weekend for the last few years.
Stefi62, if it's got to be one or the other, I'd say go for Eastbourne, the viewing on the outside courts is far better.

paul_masterton
Mar 20th, 2008, 11:56 AM
i love the outside courts at birmingham :)

*Jean*
Mar 23rd, 2008, 12:17 PM
I'll be there. But I dont manage to buy qualifications ticket, there is nothing on the website. Is it free ? :lol:

Anyone going there with me ? I'm a Frenchman and I think I'm gonna be lost in that big town :D

tennis-jack
Mar 23rd, 2008, 01:40 PM
Im mostly sure its free! because I was going to go to watch qualifying but didnt end up going but I watched the saturday last 16 and quaters I Was goin on the sunday qualifying to find out where it was but we didnt end up going but yes Im pretty sure there free!

*Jean*
Mar 23rd, 2008, 03:57 PM
Ooh okay thanks for the information :)

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 26th, 2008, 08:53 PM
qualies are free anbd at same place.

Jean....... are you staying in a hotel ??
best place to go out at night is down Broad Street, there's where alot of the players go, where all the clubs are.

i saw Anna C getting lost with her dad the 1st day she was there :lol:

paul_masterton
Mar 27th, 2008, 01:34 PM
i bumped into Milagros Sequera and Lilia Osterloh in MacDonalds when I went :p

bluepastures
Apr 6th, 2008, 10:45 AM
Just booked my hotel this morning. I'm staying in the city centre this year (there's lots of buses, even on Sunday), but for hotels within walking distance of the tennis, there's quite a few good value places on Hagley Road.

Pdm1987
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:18 PM
lucky I don't need a hotel :D but I'm going definitely for the qualies, dunno about the main draw though cos of the prices, maybe just the monday or tuesday.

Farina Elia Fan
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:31 PM
i bumped into Milagros Sequera and Lilia Osterloh in MacDonalds when I went :p

nice and healthy :lol:


I think I am going, depending on the entry list :p

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 12th, 2008, 01:06 PM
Just booked my hotel this morning. I'm staying in the city centre this year (there's lots of buses, even on Sunday), but for hotels within walking distance of the tennis, there's quite a few good value places on Hagley Road.

you staying in a pub again ?

probably see you on the weekend for qualies.

bluepastures
Apr 13th, 2008, 04:41 PM
No, I'm staying in the Thistle hotel near Birmingham Snow Hill station. Had a discount voucher, so thought I'd stay somewhere a bit more expensive. Quite convenient for Broad street too. That pub you refer too is the Wetherlodge on Bennetts Hill, which I did consider, but the problem is with them is they don't have proper online booking system.

paul_masterton
Apr 18th, 2008, 11:22 AM
i stayed in teh comfort inn when i went. dirt cheap, but there was a reason why, lol.

Great event, would be a travesty if it's moved :(

-sugi-
Apr 21st, 2008, 07:59 PM
My tickets and hotel are booked. :D I am going on Sunday Qualifying and Monday. :bounce:

I just have a few questions -
Is food available at the venue and if so is it expensive like some tournaments are?
I also noticed parking costs £10 on the website. :eek: Is there anywhere else nearby to park.

Thankyou :D :wavey:

Paule22
Apr 23rd, 2008, 09:10 AM
I booked a flight! :bounce: I'm gonna be there on Saturday and Sunday Qualifying. Now I just need to find some good place to stay :) I'm so excited, I always wanted to go to Birmingham (not the tournament in particular).

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 23rd, 2008, 05:13 PM
My tickets and hotel are booked. :D I am going on Sunday Qualifying and Monday. :bounce:

I just have a few questions -
Is food available at the venue and if so is it expensive like some tournaments are?
I also noticed parking costs £10 on the website. :eek: Is there anywhere else nearby to park.

Thankyou :D :wavey:
you will be ok for Sunday parking i'm sure, parking on the street isnt viable and i've only seen Mr Bean do it once :tape: :haha:

you can buy food on site :)
there's that famous crepe wagon which all the players love.

-sugi-
Apr 23rd, 2008, 06:30 PM
Thank you :).

Mr Bean :lol:. I have heard so much about him. I hope I see him. :spit:

Pdm1987
Apr 23rd, 2008, 08:25 PM
you will be ok for Sunday parking i'm sure, parking on the street isnt viable and i've only seen Mr Bean do it once :tape: :haha:

you can buy food on site :)
there's that famous crepe wagon which all the players love.

i always manage to park in the street, usually at the top or bottorm, during qualifying. Get the train to five ways and walk during the MD.

Last year was the Crepe van open during qualies? I'm sure on the first day it was there, but closed, can't remember about the sunday. Those pancakes are expensive anyway for what they are!

sugi, take your own food it's cheaper ;) imo it's never been that cheap but with the hike in ticket prices this year I'm wondering if the food will do the same??

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 23rd, 2008, 08:41 PM
Thank you :).

Mr Bean :lol:. I have heard so much about him. I hope I see him. :spit:

Mr Bean doesnt come to qualies.

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 23rd, 2008, 08:46 PM
i always manage to park in the street, usually at the top or bottorm, during qualifying. Get the train to five ways and walk during the MD.


for Sugi & others not been before
its alot easier to get the bus from city center, 61, 62, 63 goes along Bristol Rd (A38)
get off just after lights, there's a stop just 20m after Sir Harry's Rd.
you got to cross the road (A38) and the club is about 2 min walk up Sir Harry's Rd.

bluepastures
Apr 24th, 2008, 07:16 PM
No, Mr Bean doesn't turn up to Birmingham qualies, but he does for Eastbourne qualies. That is until the police throw him out!!!
For people getting those buses that TBE mentions, take enough change with you, as they will only take the right change on those buses.
I doubt they'll charge for parking on the qualifying weekend, since they aren't charging for entry. I'm pretty sure the crepe van was there last year, I like the mushroom crepes!

Pdm1987
Apr 24th, 2008, 10:32 PM
No, Mr Bean doesn't turn up to Birmingham qualies, but he does for Eastbourne qualies. That is until the police throw him out!!!
For people getting those buses that TBE mentions, take enough change with you, as they will only take the right change on those buses.
I doubt they'll charge for parking on the qualifying weekend, since they aren't charging for entry. I'm pretty sure the crepe van was there last year, I like the mushroom crepes!

I think it's £1.20 for a single fare but I find out exactly soon enough. I'd still rather walk from five ways than get the bus :p

DokicForever
May 7th, 2008, 09:17 AM
Im hoping to go this year too :)

*Jean*
May 8th, 2008, 04:12 PM
qualies are free anbd at same place.

Jean....... are you staying in a hotel ??


No, I'll live in Birmingham at that time. I'll have my own flat, I haven't seen on a map where the club was compared to where I'll live, but my roomate told me it was just 5 miles away of the flat...I'll go there for the qualifications, and maybe for SF/F if it's not too expensive...
Anyone to go there with me ? :angel: I hate going to tennis tournament all alone

TheBoiledEgg
May 9th, 2008, 02:51 PM
No, I'll live in Birmingham at that time. I'll have my own flat, I haven't seen on a map where the club was compared to where I'll live, but my roomate told me it was just 5 miles away of the flat...I'll go there for the qualifications, and maybe for SF/F if it's not too expensive...
Anyone to go there with me ? :angel: I hate going to tennis tournament all alone

think finals weekend is sold out
you got tickets ??

I'm hoping to go Tues & Wed (and qualies Sat) might go Sun Q if i can get down on the Sunday)
looking to swap days at work

tennis-jack
May 9th, 2008, 03:04 PM
do the players in the MD practice on qualifying suday ??

Shepster
May 9th, 2008, 04:13 PM
I'll probably do the 2nd and 3rd rounds midweek, I'm at a wedding the weekend before so I'll need a little while to recover. I love how JJ is on the flyers (they had some at the place where I play 5-a-side every week) now she's so "british" :yeah:

*Jean*
May 9th, 2008, 05:38 PM
think finals weekend is sold out
you got tickets ??

I'm hoping to go Tues & Wed (and qualies Sat) might go Sun Q if i can get down on the Sunday)
looking to swap days at work

No I don't have tickets for the final week-end :sad:
And Julia or Vika won't come so I won't have any help for get some :sad:

TheBoiledEgg
May 9th, 2008, 06:19 PM
No I don't have tickets for the final week-end :sad:
And Julia or Vika won't come so I won't have any help for get some :sad:


try
https://www.theticketfactory.com/online/seatSelect.asp?WSadmissions::admission::performanc e_id=4AD74BF8-9D6A-48A1-9309-F0B49C57DBA9&brand=Edgbaston%20Priory%20Club,%20Birmingham

*Jean*
May 9th, 2008, 07:16 PM
52£ are 100€ :o Too expensive for me :sad:
Maybe only Saturday would be fine

*Jean*
May 10th, 2008, 05:19 AM
try
https://www.theticketfactory.com/online/seatSelect.asp?WSadmissions::admission::performanc e_id=4AD74BF8-9D6A-48A1-9309-F0B49C57DBA9&brand=Edgbaston%20Priory%20Club,%20Birmingham

I don't manage to order just for the Saturday :o Help me please :tape: :lol:

A_S
May 10th, 2008, 09:28 AM
I think it's £1.20 for a single fare but I find out exactly soon enough. I'd still rather walk from five ways than get the bus :p

£1.50 for a single on Travel west midlands since sometime late last year. luckily enough the train line from my house goes straight through to 5 ways, so i have always got off there and walked, but last year i got a bus from the city centre instead and trust me, its so much easier :p i wouldnt even bother with the 5ways walk now :p

Depending on work i will go and buy on the day like always, might go to the qualifying if the weather is good and it is free.

As for parking, could always park up at the university and walk back down the bristol rd to sir harrys road, but i think its quite a walk.

*Jean* - what part of the city are you staying in?

TheBoiledEgg
May 10th, 2008, 09:44 AM
£1.50 for a single on Travel west midlands since sometime late last year.

how much now is the day thingy ?? think it was 2.90 last yr

*Jean*
May 10th, 2008, 10:06 AM
*Jean* - what part of the city are you staying in?

My flat is in Hockley, Waterside Drive. Do you know it ? I'll be there from next weekend

A_S
May 10th, 2008, 02:16 PM
how much now is the day thingy ?? think it was 2.90 last yr

the daysaver is £3. so you dont actually gain anything over 2 singles :p, that is unless you need 3 busses.

Jean - I was just wondering because you said it wasnt far away from the tennis. Its not too far, but its a bit further than you probably think, because Birmingham is a big city. Wont be hard to get to though as the transport is good ;)

TheBoiledEgg
May 10th, 2008, 03:31 PM
the daysaver is £3. so you dont actually gain anything over 2 singles :p, that is unless you need 3 busses.



just asking cos in case need to leave cos of rain :o
better to be in city centre :angel:

hate those buses that dont take change :o

*Jean*
May 10th, 2008, 04:00 PM
the daysaver is £3. so you dont actually gain anything over 2 singles :p, that is unless you need 3 busses.

Jean - I was just wondering because you said it wasnt far away from the tennis. Its not too far, but its a bit further than you probably think, because Birmingham is a big city. Wont be hard to get to though as the transport is good ;)

Do you know by chance which bus I'll have to take ?

Andrew
May 10th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Do you know by chance which bus I'll have to take ?
There doesn't appear to be any direct bus for Hockley to Egdbaston, so the Daysaver ticket(Only accepted on Travel West Midlands buses not private companies like Midland Rider that sometimes run buses on the same routes) would be cheapest.
There are also a number of ways to get there by different buses so it would probably be best to look at this website
http://www.travelinemidlands.co.uk/JourneyPlanner.jsp?vm_Reset_str=true
The 101 gets you into the Birmingham centre from Hockley. I would suggest possibly the number 1 from there but there are other options to you.
Also be aware that buses in central Birmingham generally leave from 2 places Colmore Row and Corporation Street. (Although the number one leaves from Broad Street, just to confuse matters!)
If I was you I'd go 101, bus to Broad Street then catch the 1.....as I think it's the shortest walk to the Priory Club in the end but whatever works for you ! Hope it's not to confusing, just trying to help:confused:
Good luck to you anyway.....:)

*Jean*
May 10th, 2008, 07:44 PM
Wow, it's gonna be complicated :sad:
I'll see when I'll be there how buses work, it seems very complicated!
Thanks for the help :D

A_S
May 10th, 2008, 07:48 PM
its not complex at all, you can phone the travel line if you need some help. basically you get a bus to the city centre, then a bus from the city centre to the priory club (you have to know where to get off though, ask the driver and he should stop for you!)

*Jean*
May 10th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Anyway, I'm still in France and will discover Birmingham from next weekend, so I'll have the time to get used to the buses and the metro :lol:
Thanks for all the info, and if I'm still lost when I'll be there, I'll ask for help here :p And maybe we could travel together by bus :lol:

A_S
May 10th, 2008, 09:04 PM
If you need any advice about Birmingham, Just ask ;)

TheBoiledEgg
May 10th, 2008, 09:08 PM
so have the bus numbers been altered ??

used to catch 61, 62, 63 buses
whats this #1 bus :confused:

*Jean*
May 11th, 2008, 05:10 AM
I guess he did mean the series of the 100, like the 101, 102 etc. I've seen on the journey planner that I'll have to take the 101, so that's maybe when he meant...

Andrew
May 11th, 2008, 02:15 PM
The 101 will get you from Hockley into the centre.....From there it's your call.
The number 1 leaves from Broad Street and then stops opposite the Edgbaston Old Church which I think is the closest bus stop to the road that leads to Edgbaston Priory(unless there's another way in that I don't know about, which could be possible) The 61,62 and 63 buses still run but go down the Bristol Road instead. Just depends on whether you fancy the walk up Priory Road or not that's all.
Like I said there's many ways and many buses, especially if going down the Bristol Road.

TheBoiledEgg
May 11th, 2008, 02:29 PM
The 101 will get you from Hockley into the centre.....From there it's your call.
The number 1 leaves from Broad Street and then stops opposite the Edgbaston Old Church which I think is the closest bus stop to the road that leads to Edgbaston Priory(unless there's another way in that I don't know about, which could be possible) The 61,62 and 63 buses still run but go down the Bristol Road instead. Just depends on whether you fancy the walk up Priory Road or not that's all.
Like I said there's many ways and many buses, especially if going down the Bristol Road.

thanx :wavey:

-sugi-
May 15th, 2008, 07:12 PM
My tickets for Monday arrived today. :D :bounce:

*Jean*
May 15th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Let's make a Wtaworld meeting :lol:

sharapovarulz1
May 18th, 2008, 03:33 PM
I am going again this year got tickets for the whole week, hope the weather is better as I got soaked last year lol But hope to see another brilliant final just hurry and committ Maria :D

stevebeaton10
May 19th, 2008, 10:47 PM
I live in Manchester and was thinking of going on the Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the order of play. Never been before can i just buy tickets on the day, and if so can you get on the main show court by paying on the day?

TheBoiledEgg
May 20th, 2008, 11:42 AM
you'll problably be able to get in on the day. you could in years gone by but the tourn has gotten more popular in recent yrs
but this yrs prices have shot up so that might put a few people of.


3rd sunny week in a row in UK this one
any bets when the tennis starts its gonna be rain :rolleyes:

sammy01
May 20th, 2008, 01:46 PM
im probably gonna go this year as well, will go for 2 of the 1st 5 days.

i realy wanted chaky to enter.

sharapovarulz1
May 20th, 2008, 05:00 PM
I live in Manchester and was thinking of going on the Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the order of play. Never been before can i just buy tickets on the day, and if so can you get on the main show court by paying on the day?

Wednesday onwards is when the top players i.e Jankovic and Sharapova start playing so are really good days to go and watch :D

TheBoiledEgg
May 20th, 2008, 05:11 PM
Wednesday onwards is when the top players i.e Jankovic and Sharapova start playing so are really good days to go and watch :D

they normally give 2-3 top seeds a Tues match as they cant get them all on main court on Wed.

sammy01
May 20th, 2008, 05:31 PM
ok i've just sorted everything out, im getting the train to new street station and walking to sir harry's road (where the club is. its a 30 min walk but thats cool), the trains every 20 mins so all is cool. im gonna go on the tuesday (buying tickets there, but should be ok as i dont think they will sell out) depending on the weather i'll do either wednesday, thursday or friday as well. i'd be happy to meet up with anyone there, im just a bit mad but in a harmless way lol.

sharapovarulz1
May 20th, 2008, 05:45 PM
ok i've just sorted everything out, im getting the train to new street station and walking to sir harry's road (where the club is. its a 30 min walk but thats cool), the trains every 20 mins so all is cool. im gonna go on the tuesday (buying tickets there, but should be ok as i dont think they will sell out) depending on the weather i'll do either wednesday, thursday or friday as well. i'd be happy to meet up with anyone there, im just a bit mad but in a harmless way lol.

Well I will be there enjoying the tennis and getting a little tipsy on the pimms and lemonade all week :D Would be great to meet up with you guys!

sharapovarulz1
May 20th, 2008, 05:45 PM
they normally give 2-3 top seeds a Tues match as they cant get them all on main court on Wed.

Ahhh cool :)

sammy01
May 20th, 2008, 05:51 PM
Well I will be there enjoying the tennis and getting a little tipsy on the pimms and lemonade all week :D Would be great to meet up with you guys!

cool cool, well if you do wanna meet pm me and i'll give you my mobile number and a we can arrange a meet there.

my names sam btw!

TheBoiledEgg
May 20th, 2008, 06:35 PM
ok i've just sorted everything out, im getting the train to new street station and walking to sir harry's road (where the club is. its a 30 min walk but thats cool), the trains every 20 mins so all is cool. im gonna go on the tuesday (buying tickets there, but should be ok as i dont think they will sell out) depending on the weather i'll do either wednesday, thursday or friday as well. i'd be happy to meet up with anyone there, im just a bit mad but in a harmless way lol.

I've walked from New St to there and used to take me around 15-20 mins
then again me = fast walker.

sammy01
May 20th, 2008, 06:55 PM
I've walked from New St to there and used to take me around 15-20 mins
then again me = fast walker.

hehe well it will probably be like 30 mins for me lol. so are you going to birmingham this year then, the thought of you actualy being a person and not an egg is maybe more than i can take!

TheBoiledEgg
May 20th, 2008, 06:59 PM
hehe well it will probably be like 30 mins for me lol. so are you going to birmingham this year then, the thought of you actualy being a person and not an egg is maybe more than i can take!

hopefully qualies both days
and Tues and Wed of maindraw

sammy01
May 20th, 2008, 07:06 PM
hopefully qualies both days
and Tues and Wed of maindraw

we should have a wtaworld sorry tennisforum meet up. the thought of actualy meeting the people behind the user names is weirdly exciting.

sharapovarulz1
May 20th, 2008, 07:28 PM
we should have a wtaworld sorry tennisforum meet up. the thought of actualy meeting the people behind the user names is weirdly exciting.

Yeah it would be brilliant we would all have a right laugh together :D we should hit the clubs after the tennis is finished ;)

*Jean*
May 21st, 2008, 05:49 AM
Yep that's what I had proposed too :lol:

watchdogfish
May 21st, 2008, 10:44 AM
ok i've just sorted everything out, im getting the train to new street station and walking to sir harry's road (where the club is. its a 30 min walk but thats cool), the trains every 20 mins so all is cool. im gonna go on the tuesday (buying tickets there, but should be ok as i dont think they will sell out) depending on the weather i'll do either wednesday, thursday or friday as well. i'd be happy to meet up with anyone there, im just a bit mad but in a harmless way lol.

That's what I did last year, it's not a bad walk just remember to take waterproofs or an umbrella or you'll get a soaking from the traffic if it rains :p

Turns out I can't go this year which is a shame cos it's a nice, close venue. Hope everyone has a nice time and hopefully it'll stay rain-free!

A_S
May 21st, 2008, 06:17 PM
ok i've just sorted everything out, im getting the train to new street station and walking to sir harry's road (where the club is. its a 30 min walk but thats cool), the trains every 20 mins so all is cool. im gonna go on the tuesday (buying tickets there, but should be ok as i dont think they will sell out) depending on the weather i'll do either wednesday, thursday or friday as well. i'd be happy to meet up with anyone there, im just a bit mad but in a harmless way lol.

but wouldnt it be so much quicker, easier to get a bus? :p

A_S
May 21st, 2008, 06:20 PM
I live in Manchester and was thinking of going on the Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the order of play. Never been before can i just buy tickets on the day, and if so can you get on the main show court by paying on the day?

i bought on the door last year, but i did go early, about 9/10am.

damn appologies for the double post.... i just didnt think :p

*Jean*
May 21st, 2008, 08:08 PM
So from Waterside Drive, I should take the 101 to New Street, right ? And after ?

sammy01
May 21st, 2008, 08:21 PM
but wouldnt it be so much quicker, easier to get a bus? :p

probably but im a 'green' person so if i can walk it i will, plus if its good weather it will be a nice walk.

Alicia Molik
May 25th, 2008, 02:37 PM
When I went last year I walked back to new street station. It took me about 20 minutes. On the way back I walked along a long road then turned left down towards the Raddison hotel and I think I might have went through an underpass as well. Is that the quickest way?

*Jean*
May 25th, 2008, 06:13 PM
From New Street Station, you can take the 61 or 62 or 63 from there I think

sammy01
May 25th, 2008, 07:39 PM
From New Street Station, you can take the 61 or 62 or 63 from there I think

yeah i looked up the buses and those 3 go to or very near sir harry's road, but i've also got the route mapped out to walk and seen as its under 30 mins i think im going to walk.

A_S
May 26th, 2008, 08:37 AM
basically the walk there is straight, you have to come out of the front of new st station go past the carpark and turn right past/under the bullring shopping centre, you walk down the hill and upto the island where you turn first left down bristol road, past bristol st motors and upto the massive junction where mcdonalds is, you go straight on and just continue walking straight on from that point until you get to sir harrys road (easy to miss btw), best to be on the right hand side of the road.

anyway, ive driven the bristol rd many times, and i simply cant beleive its anything under a 40m/1h hour walk, its about a 5-10 minute drive, which makes it about 4 or so miles, which in turn makes walking pace 12 or 13 mph! Maybe its not as far as 4 miles but it does take quite a long while to drive down the bristol road.

TheBoiledEgg
May 26th, 2008, 11:59 AM
basically the walk there is straight, you have to come out of the front of new st station go past the carpark and turn right past/under the bullring shopping centre, you walk down the hill and upto the island where you turn first left down bristol road, past bristol st motors and upto the massive junction where mcdonalds is, you go straight on and just continue walking straight on from that point until you get to sir harrys road (easy to miss btw), best to be on the right hand side of the road.

anyway, ive driven the bristol rd many times, and i simply cant beleive its anything under a 40m/1h hour walk, its about a 5-10 minute drive, which makes it about 4 or so miles, which in turn makes walking pace 12 or 13 mph! Maybe its not as far as 4 miles but it does take quite a long while to drive down the bristol road.

i found it easier going down the steps where taxis are to Station St.
find my way to the Roundabout on Holloway Circus and onto Bristol Rd/St
its about 2 miles at most

kolan
May 26th, 2008, 01:55 PM
i will definately be going for qualifying and for two other days. i think tuesday and wednesday :D

sharapovarulz1
May 26th, 2008, 05:02 PM
My Mum and I have managed to get a brand new flat only 8 miles from Edgbaston so we have decided to get up early each morning and walk until we are tired then hop on a bus lol Healthy and conveniant :D

sharapovarulz1
May 26th, 2008, 06:10 PM
Nicole Vaidisova will play here, she entered today according to my source :) probably a late entry as for Eastbourne :)

This needs to be put in Early Entries mate :)

What source is it? Be great if she is playing!

Sexysova
May 26th, 2008, 06:19 PM
I'm sorry :tape::lol:

sharapovarulz1
May 26th, 2008, 06:43 PM
I'm sorry :tape::lol:

No problemo :D

TheBoiledEgg
May 26th, 2008, 08:03 PM
i cant open the entry file today
its been corrupted :o

all other ones are fine.

RayRob
May 27th, 2008, 07:18 AM
Hi all,

I haven't been on these forums for a while....so long I didn't even know the name had changed!!!!

Anyway, I'll be making my usual journey to Birmingham this year - I think this is 9 years in a row. I love this event

I'll be there for Sat & Sun (SF/F). Catching the train and doing my usual walk from 5 ways...I've always preferred that way, but that's just me! Sunday I should be driving because the trains between my city and Birmingham might not be running very well (buses instead), which is problematic for me. So, I don't mind paying £10 for parking...hope I can still pay on the gate for parking...if not, anyone know where I can pay in advance?

Anyone be there the same days as me?

Bye for now,
Rache

sharapovarulz1
May 27th, 2008, 11:10 AM
Hi all,

I haven't been on these forums for a while....so long I didn't even know the name had changed!!!!

Anyway, I'll be making my usual journey to Birmingham this year - I think this is 9 years in a row. I love this event

I'll be there for Sat & Sun (SF/F). Catching the train and doing my usual walk from 5 ways...I've always preferred that way, but that's just me! Sunday I should be driving because the trains between my city and Birmingham might not be running very well (buses instead), which is problematic for me. So, I don't mind paying £10 for parking...hope I can still pay on the gate for parking...if not, anyone know where I can pay in advance?

Anyone be there the same days as me?

Bye for now,
Rache

Hey,

You can still pay on the day for parking :D

Also I will be there both Saturday and Sunday!

x x x

RayRob
May 27th, 2008, 01:09 PM
Hey,

You can still pay on the day for parking :D

Also I will be there both Saturday and Sunday!

x x x

Hey, thanks for the information...appreciate that! Hopefully my trusty SatNav will get me there.

So you're going the same days as me - guess I'll see you about without even knowing it. ;)
Bye for now,
Rache

*Jean*
May 30th, 2008, 10:34 AM
I would like to go there on Tuesday and/or wednesday too. Do you think I an buy the tickets on place diretly? Maybe during the qulifications week end ?

-sugi-
May 30th, 2008, 11:12 AM
http://www.lta.org.uk/WatchTennis/Birmingham/EventInfo/Travel.htm?BSMGuid=9270457b-8214-4da8-8e5f-6153aed3738b

It says you may buy them on the day. :wavey: :D

sharapovarulz1
May 30th, 2008, 11:54 AM
I would like to go there on Tuesday and/or wednesday too. Do you think I an buy the tickets on place diretly? Maybe during the qulifications week end ?

Yes you can do that :)

*Jean*
May 30th, 2008, 12:22 PM
Thanks :) Good news

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 2nd, 2008, 03:55 AM
hopefully we'll have good weather this yr

early indication is a big iffy/to ok for Q weekend but it might change

*Jean*
Jun 2nd, 2008, 06:11 AM
I don't want rain :sad:

sharapovarulz1
Jun 2nd, 2008, 11:06 AM
Oh god I had enough of the rain last year :(

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 2nd, 2008, 12:38 PM
maybe it will be good, still its a bit early
i can see a rigde of high pressure coming along.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ukweather/monthly_outlook.shtml


Monday 09 June 2008 to Sunday 15 June 2008

"Low pressure retreats, allowing more settled conditions to develop."


Low pressure should retreat towards the northwest of the British Isles, allowing high pressure to build towards the southern half of Britain. As a result of this, rainfall may be well above average in the northwest of Scotland but at or below average across the south of the British Isles.
Temperatures will generally be above the seasonal norms with the possibility of some very warm weather in northern and eastern parts. However, fine weather may not mean exceptional sunshine amounts, even in southern England.

*Jean*
Jun 2nd, 2008, 12:42 PM
I still dont know which bus to catch from the city center :lol:
My bus leaves me at Snow Hill Station...

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 2nd, 2008, 01:04 PM
I still dont know which bus to catch from the city center :lol:
My bus leaves me at Snow Hill Station...

you can catch the buses (61, 62, 63 from Corporation St which is only a about 100-200m from Snow Hill station
are you down in Birmingham now ?? should check the city centre out

*Jean*
Jun 2nd, 2008, 01:35 PM
Yes I know Corporation Street Ill try to catch one of the buses you told there. Thanks

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 2nd, 2008, 02:01 PM
Yes I know Corporation Street Ill try to catch one of the buses you told there. Thanks

thats cool

then you wanna know where to get off, there's a busstop just after Sir Harry's Rd and get off there.


http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=406172&y=284660&z=1&sv=Sir+harrys+road&st=6&tl=Sir+Harrys+Road,+Edgbaston,+Birmingham,+B_15&searchp=newsearch.srf&mapp=newmap.srf

Club is just past where that arrow is on Sir Harry's Rd :wavey:

RayRob
Jun 2nd, 2008, 02:13 PM
Oh I hope it's not raining. I think it was raining on the day I went last year...having said that, it's only rained all day on me once in 9 years - I usually get the good weather.

Let's hope for the best! :bounce:

*Jean*
Jun 2nd, 2008, 02:21 PM
thats cool

then you wanna know where to get off, there's a busstop just after Sir Harry's Rd and get off there.


http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=406172&y=284660&z=1&sv=Sir+harrys+road&st=6&tl=Sir+Harrys+Road,+Edgbaston,+Birmingham,+B_15&searchp=newsearch.srf&mapp=newmap.srf

Club is just past where that arrow is on Sir Harry's Rd :wavey:

Thanks a lot. I ll have a look on my AZ Birmingham and I think it ll be fine. I ll leave early on Saturday morning not to miss the beginning of the matches that s all :lol:

sharapovarulz1
Jun 2nd, 2008, 05:05 PM
Oh I hope it's not raining. I think it was raining on the day I went last year...having said that, it's only rained all day on me once in 9 years - I usually get the good weather.

Let's hope for the best! :bounce:


Your lucky I got soaked last year on the 3 days I went then went back to watch the final and got sunburnt :lol:

Alicia Molik
Jun 2nd, 2008, 11:03 PM
I cant believe it, I have already got my ticket and now I cant go. :( :( :(

On Saturday flight prices were £24 for a return from Glasgow and this morning I put the money in my bank to pay for them and the price has went up to £94. It's too much for me and im gutted, I loved it last year when I went even though I was only there for a day.

:(

I hope its warm and sunny for everyone going!! :)

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 3rd, 2008, 04:01 AM
weather now for Saturday looks good.....
hope forecast stays that way

sharapovarulz1
Jun 3rd, 2008, 11:05 AM
For the first 3 days it predicted no rain with sunny intervals so probably just be typical cloudy weather!

A_S
Jun 3rd, 2008, 06:32 PM
I cant believe it, I have already got my ticket and now I cant go. :( :( :(

On Saturday flight prices were £24 for a return from Glasgow and this morning I put the money in my bank to pay for them and the price has went up to £94. It's too much for me and im gutted, I loved it last year when I went even though I was only there for a day.

:(

I hope its warm and sunny for everyone going!! :)

How about try and see what train prices are like. If all else fails theres also coaches, megabus or national express.

Jean: If you are not sure, just ask the driver if the bus is going down bristol road towards selly oak and you should be fine ;)

sharapovarulz1
Jun 3rd, 2008, 09:04 PM
How about try and see what train prices are like. If all else fails theres also coaches, megabus or national express.

Jean: If you are not sure, just ask the driver if the bus is going down bristol road towards selly oak and you should be fine ;)

Thats a good idea actually buses aren't to expensive :)

Najmeister
Jun 3rd, 2008, 09:24 PM
Alicia just come you know what a great laugh it is!



Najam

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 4th, 2008, 04:07 PM
it says it might be light showers on Sat now :(
hope not :o

just hope that high pressure comes over the UK for next week
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast/pressure/#no_url


Atlantic Pressure Charts


http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/charts/uk/atlantic_pressure_080608.jpg http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/images/gui/lozenge_one.gif?06

SUNDAY

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/images/gui/cached/slidecontrols/back.gif http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/images/gui/cached/slidecontrols/control_backslide_on.gif (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast/pressure/#no_url)http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/images/gui/cached/slidecontrols/control_playslide_on.gif (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast/pressure/#no_url)http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/images/gui/cached/slidecontrols/control_nextslide_off.gif (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast/pressure/#no_url) http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/images/gui/cached/slidecontrols/forward.gif

*Jean*
Jun 4th, 2008, 05:28 PM
I wish the weather could stay like today in Birmingham :(

-sugi-
Jun 4th, 2008, 05:43 PM
What time do the quallies start?
I found the time, but now I can't seem to find it. :o

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 4th, 2008, 05:56 PM
11am as all days apart from semis & final

Paule22
Jun 4th, 2008, 06:37 PM
Is it worth it to bring a good cam? Are there many players around and is it easy to take pictures? Otherwiese I wouldnt bring my DSLR, just my cheap Canon.

Thank you for all your help in here, I'm still a bit worried what to expect in Birmingham, but lets see. Is there anything really special to see, because I'm getting there this Friday to walk around a bit?

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 4th, 2008, 07:39 PM
Is it worth it to bring a good cam? Are there many players around and is it easy to take pictures? Otherwiese I wouldnt bring my DSLR, just my cheap Canon.

Thank you for all your help in here, I'm still a bit worried what to expect in Birmingham, but lets see. Is there anything really special to see, because I'm getting there this Friday to walk around a bit?

there's always alot of players around, most of them go watch on outside courts where you'll find Marion eating :o

you'll need a good cam to take pics on outside courts
only C1 can be seen at side.

practice courts you can get better shots

A_S
Jun 4th, 2008, 10:34 PM
I'd say its better to get shots on the outside courts nearer the club house because you can get right behind the server as long as you have the focal length, for example see this picture (http://members.aol.com/martynscot/blablabla.JPG) from 2006

Farina Elia Fan
Jun 4th, 2008, 11:15 PM
I'd say its better to get shots on the outside courts nearer the club house because you can get right behind the server as long as you have the focal length, for example see this picture (http://members.aol.com/martynscot/blablabla.JPG) from 2006



who is this :p

Paule22
Jun 4th, 2008, 11:45 PM
I like those kind of shots, though they are difficult from behind the server because it doesnt focus so well some time. Im not sure still...lets see. Are there many "stalkers" with cameras in Birmingham, then I would probarbly not bring one, because these people annoyed me so much in Berlin.

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 5th, 2008, 03:13 AM
if you got a good cam, you can get a great shot of the player on opposite side of net, they are facing you.

stalkers....... apart from Mr Bean :confused:

microgoogle
Jun 5th, 2008, 03:25 AM
hey guys...for those who r going, please try n get pictures of sania on and off the court...its long time see her...she is making her comeback after injury in Birmingham...

*Jean*
Jun 5th, 2008, 08:26 AM
So qualifying matches start at 11AM ?

Are there a lot of matches in the same time in the famous courts which are all next each other ?

Are there any practise courts open to the public on the qualifying week end ?

And if I go there on Wednesday, what kind of tikets are there ? For the Center Court + the smaller courts ?

Thanks :devil:

RayRob
Jun 5th, 2008, 10:19 AM
So qualifying matches start at 11AM ?

Are there a lot of matches in the same time in the famous courts which are all next each other ?

Are there any practise courts open to the public on the qualifying week end ?

And if I go there on Wednesday, what kind of tikets are there ? For the Center Court + the smaller courts ?

Thanks :devil:
As far as I'm aware, you buy a ticket and that grants you entry onto Centre Court and all outside courts.

To give you and idea, the venue is a tennis club and as such doesn't have permanent seating arrangements, so the seats you are on are professionally erected scaffolding and fold up plastic seats fitted in. There is next to no covering for spectators anywhere on the grounds.

The outside courts are next to one another, separated only by advertisement banners. Seating for these courts are at the far side on embankments. Seats are fold-ups and you can move them for a better view (providing you're not obstructing someone else's view). There is also viewing room at one base line end of each court, so a lot of the time you see the back of a player close-up and the front of a player at a distance.
When you ask if practice courts are open to the public, do you mean to watch or take part in a spot of practice? If it's the latter, then no you can't practice....if it's the former, yes indeed. The practice courts are adjacent to CC and can be viewed on the embankment next to the courts. You have a great view of the first court, but then players seem to visually shrink as the courts get further away. Seating is usually provided there in the form of fold-up chairs again.

Other than tennis watching, there isn't a lot to keep you occupied; a crepe stand (yum yum), ridiculously expensive burgers, hot dogs etc, a couple of promotional stalls, a tent that sells some branded tennis gear and last year was the lovely chocolate fondue tent.

Wednesday you should get tickets on the gate. I think I went on a Wednesday a couple of years back and there was quite a queue forming but it was probably because Sharapova was there?! Bare in mind though, that from Jelena's victory at Wimbledon last year with her Brit Xdubs partner, the country might have adopted her as one of their own....so might be keen to catch a glimpse of her. So, be on the guard for part-times fans who don't know a thing about tennis.

I've been coming here for about 8 or 9 years and I always love coming back. You can get up close to the players...they're often just hanging around by the outside courts or practice courts, chatting to coaches and other players. It's a great place to see them just laid back and slightly care-free. Over the last few years, the even has got slightly bigger so I wonder how long the close-proximity with players will last.

I hope some of this information is helpful to you. Need to know anything, just ask and I'll do my best.

Rache

*Jean*
Jun 5th, 2008, 11:09 AM
Thank you very much about that !
I can t wait to go

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 5th, 2008, 12:08 PM
There is next to no covering for spectators anywhere on the grounds.



not quite true ;)

if it rains there is the public eating tent which you can go into (its the one next to the umpires tent)

also by the practice courts, there the "hut"
not sure if the public can go into the indoor courts now.

RayRob
Jun 5th, 2008, 12:22 PM
not quite true ;)

if it rains there is the public eating tent which you can go into (its the one next to the umpires tent)

also by the practice courts, there the "hut"
not sure if the public can go into the indoor courts now.

Quite true...if you want to pay for public eating tent prices. ;) But yeah, if it rains people find ways and means of sheltering. :)

*Jean* - glad to be of help. You'll have a wonderful time.

microgoogle
Jun 5th, 2008, 01:12 PM
As far as I'm aware, you buy a ticket and that grants you entry onto Centre Court and all outside courts.

To give you and idea, the venue is a tennis club and as such doesn't have permanent seating arrangements, so the seats you are on are professionally erected scaffolding and fold up plastic seats fitted in. There is next to no covering for spectators anywhere on the grounds.

The outside courts are next to one another, separated only by advertisement banners. Seating for these courts are at the far side on embankments. Seats are fold-ups and you can move them for a better view (providing you're not obstructing someone else's view). There is also viewing room at one base line end of each court, so a lot of the time you see the back of a player close-up and the front of a player at a distance.
When you ask if practice courts are open to the public, do you mean to watch or take part in a spot of practice? If it's the latter, then no you can't practice....if it's the former, yes indeed. The practice courts are adjacent to CC and can be viewed on the embankment next to the courts. You have a great view of the first court, but then players seem to visually shrink as the courts get further away. Seating is usually provided there in the form of fold-up chairs again.

Other than tennis watching, there isn't a lot to keep you occupied; a crepe stand (yum yum), ridiculously expensive burgers, hot dogs etc, a couple of promotional stalls, a tent that sells some branded tennis gear and last year was the lovely chocolate fondue tent.

Wednesday you should get tickets on the gate. I think I went on a Wednesday a couple of years back and there was quite a queue forming but it was probably because Sharapova was there?! Bare in mind though, that from Jelena's victory at Wimbledon last year with her Brit Xdubs partner, the country might have adopted her as one of their own....so might be keen to catch a glimpse of her. So, be on the guard for part-times fans who don't know a thing about tennis.

I've been coming here for about 8 or 9 years and I always love coming back. You can get up close to the players...they're often just hanging around by the outside courts or practice courts, chatting to coaches and other players. It's a great place to see them just laid back and slightly care-free. Over the last few years, the even has got slightly bigger so I wonder how long the close-proximity with players will last.

I hope some of this information is helpful to you. Need to know anything, just ask and I'll do my best.

Rache

great report Rayrob. I want to know abt sania. she said she will assert her fitness in this tournament.i just wanna know whether she is hitting well or still not going full throttle...thanx

-sugi-
Jun 5th, 2008, 01:40 PM
I can t wait to go
Me too :bounce: :D.

*Jean*
Jun 5th, 2008, 05:22 PM
;)

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 5th, 2008, 07:43 PM
still not sure totally about Sat weather

if you click thru time, it says its gonna be ok
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ukweather/midlands/#no_url

but if you put Birmingham into bbc, it says rain :(

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/5day.shtml?id=1045

a few miles to the west it says its gonna be fine like in Worcester

sharapovarulz1
Jun 5th, 2008, 08:20 PM
Me too :bounce: :D.

Me three ;)

*Jean*
Jun 6th, 2008, 05:43 AM
D-1 :)

But the weather is horrible today :o

A_S
Jun 6th, 2008, 05:50 AM
can we just confirm that qualifying is definatly free? :p

*Jean*
Jun 6th, 2008, 08:17 AM
Yes for sure it s free :p

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 6th, 2008, 12:41 PM
tomorrow's forecast :help: :sad:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/24hr.shtml?id=1045

it looks a bit better in afternoon

Paule22
Jun 6th, 2008, 08:36 PM
I have been to cadbury today and ate tons of chocolate so now i suffer severe stomach pain :lol:
birmingham is quite exciting in some way. Of course its ugly and where are the english people? But this multinational community is quite exciting. This market wow and its so cheap! I bought a pound delicious apricots for 50p. Maybe i will meet some of you tomorrow!

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 6th, 2008, 08:48 PM
I have been to cadbury today and ate tons of chocolate so now i suffer severe stomach pain :lol:
birmingham is quite exciting in some way. Of course its ugly and where are the english people? But this multinational community is quite exciting. This market wow and its so cheap! I bought a pound delicious apricots for 50p. Maybe i will meet some of you tomorrow!

if you wanna see players after the tennis
you need to get to around Broad Street area
thats where the night life is, lots of clubs, hotels.

Paule22
Jun 6th, 2008, 09:26 PM
Yes i was planing to go to broad street tomorrow anyway but thanks for all your help finding buses and so on. I followed your route today through pallisades and found everything. But where is sainsbury hiding ? Not that i need so much but i saw all people with bags but didnt find the store

racket abuse
Jun 6th, 2008, 10:06 PM
Can't believe my first post on this forum is telling you where sainsbury is. It is hidden away in a kind of side street called "union street" connecting "Corporation street" and the "high street". I'm sure i've completed your life with that fact now :)

Anyway i can't wait to go tomorrow. So disappointed with the bigger names dropping out but still is great to see the wta tour back in birmingham. Just hope the weather holds out.

Paule22
Jun 6th, 2008, 11:20 PM
Yes i was planing to go to broad street tomorrow anyway but thanks for all your help finding buses and so on. I followed your route today through pallisades and found everything. But where is sainsbury hiding ? Not that i need so much but i saw all people with bags but didnt find the store

sharapovarulz1
Jun 6th, 2008, 11:24 PM
if you wanna see players after the tennis
you need to get to around Broad Street area
thats where the night life is, lots of clubs, hotels.

Thats the street I stayed on last year the clubs are brilliant 2 out of 3 nights I stayed in Birmingham I stumbled home hammered :lol: And I am staying for a week this time anyone up for clubbing you just let me know :D

A_S
Jun 8th, 2008, 07:33 AM
Probably a bit late to ask but i will give it a go! is parking free on the qualifying days i was thinking of driving down this morning