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cooolconchita
Jun 13th, 2003, 12:13 PM
I go every year, but i always get tickets form my club so there's no queuing. This year i missed out and just want to queue to get in.

What time would i have to start queuing to get in at around 11.45 - i don't wanna miss any of the play.

Thanks in advance! :kiss:

Scorch
Jun 13th, 2003, 12:17 PM
I am in the exact same situation as you CC. This is the first time I dont have tickets. I would be quite happy just to get into the grounds and get on a smaller court

maximus82
Jun 13th, 2003, 12:43 PM
Ditto...can anybody reply w/ what time one should arrive for the first three days of the tournament?

vancouverite
Jun 13th, 2003, 02:16 PM
I did this last year....you need LOTS of patience (and time!)

You should try to get there as early as possible. People have queued overnight for first priority on the tickets, so they'll already be there, waiting for the gates to open.

The queue snakes along the road into the grass parking lot opposite the tennis complex. We took the earliest tube from Canary Wharf (about 5:45 a.m.) and got to Southfields tube station at around 7:00 a.m. Just walk towards the courts and you'll see lots of other people joining the back of the queue in the field (there are coffee and snack vendors at work already!). The queue looks dreadfully long, and you'll have to wait until the gates open (10:30 I think...could be a tad earlier). Just sit down with a coffee and a few papers and relax. If you've a folding chair - even better.

Once the gates open, the queue moves surprisingly quickly into the venue, so make sure someone keeps your place in line and you're aware of who's around you (for example, if you dash off to the loo as the gates open, you'll come back to a moving queue of people and it can be a challenge to find your group to rejoin the line).

As I said, very easy, but you've got to get there EARLY!!!

Good luck! :)

Central
Jun 13th, 2003, 04:41 PM
I went last year, by bus, and I used to get there at 6:00 - 6:15 am... At 10:30 or so, you'll be already in.
You won't have any problems this way (at least first week). First saturday and the second week seem to ba a different story.

Helen Lawson
Jun 13th, 2003, 05:10 PM
I saw an ad in some tennis rag for tickets to the semifinals forward for gentlemen, ladies, doubles, everything, 8 nights in a Georgian house, and champagne brunch with a former Wimbledon champ (likely McEnroe, more likely Cash). It was a great package, but it was $20,000 USD per person. If that is in your budget, it seems way better than sitting in line.

Shooter
Jun 13th, 2003, 07:54 PM
Here in the states, I like to go to early rounds of tournaments - meaning qualies and first round. I buy the cheapest tickets offered and watch matches and practice sessions on the outside courts. I rarely go into the main stadium. Some tournaments in the U.S. let spectators in free for the qualies. There is never a line to get in.

What's the situation at Wimbledon? Let's say I want to watch first round matches and practice sessions on the outer-most courts. Do I still have to buy a ticket to the main stadium? Can I buy a ticket for grandstand courts only? What's the deal with this long queue people are talking about? Are they trying to get good seats? If I don't care about where my seat is, can I go at noon, not wait in a line, and still be able to watch matches on outside courts?

What about the qualies? Are they held at the All England Club too? What's the ticket situation for qualies?

I just tried visiting the Wimbledon web site for ticket info, but it's really messed up!

Thanks for your responses.

http://www.mfwweb.com/tennis/Shooter.jpg

GoDominique
Jun 13th, 2003, 08:56 PM
I was there in 2000 and queued the whole first week. :)
I think there are 2 queues, but I always joined the one at Southfields station, so I can only comment on that one.

At what time you should arrive there depends on which kind of ticket you want to get - for Centre Court, Court No.1, Court No.2 or Ground ticket.

For a Centre Court ticket you will probably have to queue overnight or arrive VERY early, like 4 AM.

For a Court No.1 ticket - I once arrived at around 6 AM and was among the last few who got one. To be safe you should probably arrive at 5 AM.

For Court No. 2 you have to be there at around 6-6.30 AM.

Of course these times also depend on which court Timmy is playing on that day. ;)
And of course these tickets are also valid for all other courts.

With a Ground ticket, you have admission to courts 3-19 and to the standing area on Court No.2.
There is only a limited number of Ground tickets available, once they are sold out you can't get in anymore until the late afternoon.
On most days I arrived at about 7.30-8 AM, and you will definitely get into the grounds that way. The gates open at 10.30 AM. But you don't have to worry if you are still in the queue at that time, as matches only begin at 12 AM, and you will still get a seat on most courts.
Exception: For the most popular seats, the uppest row on Court 3 from where you can also watch Court 2, you have to be at the gates at 10.30 AM (= begin queueing early), and once they open you have to run. ;) Court 18 is often crowded early too.

Shooter: Qualies aren't played in Wimbledon, they take place in Roehampton. Admission is free as far as I know. :)

great smash
Jun 13th, 2003, 10:40 PM
Good luck to those trying. :wavey: It al seems a bit much to me, I'm already happy to have visited the site outside the tournament period, and otherwise, I try to attend tournaments where it's easier to get in :p :o

maximus82
Jun 13th, 2003, 11:56 PM
Thanks heaps GoDominique! Very clear post...I think I'm going to just get grounds passes for the first two days and then spend a ridiculous amount of time waiting to get a main court ticket on Wednesday...

Anybody know of any particularly good ways to kill the time in the queue

SJW
Jun 14th, 2003, 12:01 AM
im going too :)

the AEC is gonna be my home for the first week.....i dont even think im going home :rolleyes:

then i got ladies quarters tix for the next week...

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 14th, 2003, 12:30 AM
Thanks heaps GoDominique! Very clear post...I think I'm going to just get grounds passes for the first two days and then spend a ridiculous amount of time waiting to get a main court ticket on Wednesday...

Anybody know of any particularly good ways to kill the time in the queue

Sleep :p


GO DOm is right about one thing...... the Best Seat is the one on Top of COurt 3 ;)
get to see lots of courts from there, plus Court two without paying double money plus, also you can get to see Players in the lounge (binoculars are handy)

Shooter
Jun 14th, 2003, 02:22 AM
Thanks for answering my questions. I have a couple of follow-ups. Queuing to get into an event seems primitive in these times. Why doesn't Wimbledon sell tickets in advance?

Do they sell tickets in advance?

If so, why the heck is everyone queuing up at 7:30 in the morning to get in? Are the tickets more expensive if you buy them in advance?
Do they not sell the Ground Tickets in advance?

Why not? It's mean to make people queue up for hours.

Thanks for your responses.

Lord Chips
Jun 14th, 2003, 05:41 AM
Shooter: Qualies aren't played in Wimbledon, they take place in Roehampton. Admission is free as far as I know. :)
Is that the Roehampton Club? And what day do they start (I have too much free time and not enough money)

GoDominique
Jun 14th, 2003, 10:44 AM
Thanks for answering my questions. I have a couple of follow-ups. Queuing to get into an event seems primitive in these times. Why doesn't Wimbledon sell tickets in advance?

Do they sell tickets in advance?

If so, why the heck is everyone queuing up at 7:30 in the morning to get in? Are the tickets more expensive if you buy them in advance?
Do they not sell the Ground Tickets in advance?

Why not? It's mean to make people queue up for hours.

Thanks for your responses.
You can't buy tickets in advance. They would be sold out in one hour anyway, and mostly by black marketeers (?).
What you can do is sign up for a public ballot where you have the chance to get Centre Court and Court No.1 tickets. But only one (or two?) per person and you can't decide on which day, it's just luck as there are of course more participants than tickets available. Ground tickets are only sold to the people in the queue.

IMO the queueing is a great thing, as it's a really fair concept. And I think it's still an 'easy' way to get tickets.

TheBoiledEgg
Jun 14th, 2003, 11:40 AM
if you really want tickets in advance:
two choices

Corporate Hospitality... try Sportsworld or another company that provides them.

or #2 buy a debenture on Centre/#1 courts for about $16000 for a 5 yr period, but there's a long list for that as well and the current 5 yr term is only just underway.

Queueing is the fairest and easiest way i agree, if you wanna watch then Q :p

cooolconchita
Jun 14th, 2003, 01:11 PM
Thanks everyone :kiss:

Hmmm - not sure if I want to take a long train journey, hall-ass it over to Southfields and then queue for 3 hours - depends what Conchi is doing! ;)