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Old 06-20-2014, 10:43 AM   #1
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Anyone got any experience of getting tickets on the day, via queuing or otherwise? Can you turn up at a reasonable time, say 8 or 9am, and expect to get tickets for at least the outer courts? I know the show courts are for the all night hardcore but I wouldn't be too bothered getting any.

I know ticketmaster sell some the day before but I'd be travelling quite a distance and would rather know I could book travel a bit earlier and have a very strong chance of getting them there on the day.
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I've been about seven times - last year was the first time we went on the opening day. We arrived at about 7.30am and got in at about 1.30pm(!) Those who arrived later than us were being turned away. Even we were initially told we weren't guaranteed entry (even though we kinda knew we were) It was worth the wait, but still...

This year we're going on the first Tues and intend to get there at about 6 at the latest. 8-9 would be too late IMO if you want a decent days tennis.
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If you want Centre tickets you need to get to the queue at 2pm the day before. I got there at 7pm the day before once and got tickets for Court 2 I think. If you do manage to get in just on a grounds pass you can queue up for ticket resale, I got Court 1 tickets this way once.
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Thanks for the answers. Think I'll just avoid the queues given the time involved and only go if I can get Ticketmaster ones.
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It's a horrendous tournament to attend. Forcing people to endure the misery of a long line just to get a non-assigned seat. Will never go again.
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It's a horrendous tournament to attend. Forcing people to endure the misery of a long line just to get a non-assigned seat. Will never go again.
The queue isn't so bad if the weather is ok, it's like a morning picnic in the park. What is annoying is the poor layout of courts and stands once you get inside.
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It's a horrendous tournament to attend. Forcing people to endure the misery of a long line just to get a non-assigned seat. Will never go again.
They don't force you to do that. However, if you haven't managed to get a ticket by other means, there is an opportunity for people who want them enough to queue up for them. It helps the tickets to go to tennis fans, not just rich people who can pay the most.

The biggest danger is to think that outside courts aren't that popular, so there won't be big queues or high demand. A lot of people will buy tickets for outside courts (either in advance, in the last minute ticketmaster release, or on the day) with a view to trying to getting in the grounds, so they can try to get into a show court late in the day, or sit on the hill. In fact, I heard of a few people getting tickets for Court No1 for Men's Finals day just so they could sit on the hill without having to queue.

Here's a guide for anyone who does fancy joining the queue.

http://www.britishtennis.com/tickets/wqueue.shtml
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Mate, I wish you luck but it's a huge hassle. I have some friends in London who love tennis but they are also busy ... W should allow regular tennis fans to purchase tickets on the net.
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I think they are going to start doing the ballot online, which is long overdue, and there are some tickets available online already. It's just they are very limited and sell out the moment they become available. The queue system means they can favour the people who are prepared to put a bit of effort into getting them.

The biggest 'problem' with getting Wimbledon tickets is that demand is considerably greater than supply, and there's no possible ticketing system that can get around that.

It would be much easier for Wimbledon if they pushed up the prices and sold them all online, but it would be worse for the hard-core tennis fans and tennis clubs.

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Anyone got any experience of getting tickets on the day, via queuing or otherwise? Can you turn up at a reasonable time, say 8 or 9am, and expect to get tickets for at least the outer courts? I know the show courts are for the all night hardcore but I wouldn't be too bothered getting any.
There *aren't* tickets available for the outer courts: it's ground pass or nothing. And you'd be taking a great risk getting there as late as 8 am: if you're lucky, the queue won't have been closed by then, but it'd be touch and go. And who knows how much worse it will be this year after Murray's win last year ...
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I'm thinking get there by 5:30 or 6:30 for assured entrance by 11 or 12. You need to move fast, given that the crowds are gonna be worse from last year. All because Mugray had the gall to win Wimbledon
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I think they are going to start doing the ballot online, which is long overdue, and there are some tickets available online already. It's just they are very limited and sell out the moment they become available. The queue system means they can favour the people who are prepared to put a bit of effort into getting them.

The biggest 'problem' with getting Wimbledon tickets is that demand is considerably greater than supply, and there's no possible ticketing system that can get around that.

It would be much easier for Wimbledon if they pushed up the prices and sold them all online, but it would be worse for the hard-core tennis fans and tennis clubs.
OK, I get your point but don't you think they can sell, let's say 30% of the tickets available on the net at a higher price? win/win situation. They should mix thing up. I hate lineups even in my local supermarket.
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Some tips for anyone thinking of queueing for tickets on the day:

1) Queue up early. Get there by at least 6.30AM at the latest. Plan your trip accordingly.

2) Bring a decent bag of supplies. You'll be out there in those huge fields queueing for what seems like till next Wimbledon, so you'll need to be prepared and have everything that'll make your experience more comfortable. This includes fruits, plenty of water, sunhats, a thick jacket, an umbrella, suntan lotion, blankets (usually cold in the morning, hot later on so you'll need a good variety of items). There are burger stalls there for food and they come round selling junk to you, but everything is obviously expensive.

3) If you don't feel like lugging a fold out chair, be sure to bring a large solid mat or something to sit on that isn't easily swayed by wind. Since it is an open field, it can get very windy in the morning, so ordinary thin sheets or newspapers will just get blown away. Make sure it's big enough for you to lie down on. The queue sometimes stops for hours on end, so you'll feel like having a lie down.

4) Freeze a few bottles of water/juice the day before. Trust me, it comes in handy as the day goes on, especially if the sun beats down.

5) Bring something to keep you occupied and keep the time moving. Maybe a handheld video game system or newspaper or sudoku book or novel you enjoy or whatever you're into. If you don't, you'll not only be bored to death, but you'll drain the hell out of your phone battery early on. Socialising with strangers is another option, but that's a last resort.. unless they have supplies of alcohol of course.
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5) Bring something to keep you occupied and keep the time moving. Maybe a handheld video game system or newspaper or sudoku book or novel you enjoy or whatever you're into. If you don't, you'll not only be bored to death, but you'll drain the hell out of your phone battery early on. Socialising with strangers is another option, but that's a last resort.. unless they have supplies of alcohol of course.
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Went in 2010, opening day.
Reached the day before at around 11 AM and queued in the park , put up the tent etc.
Still barely managed to get the centre court tickets. Queue-card no was 523/24
Was lucky that the huge aussie fan club just ahead of me went for Court 2 due to Hewitt playing there.

If you want Centre or court1/2 , you need to reach the day before
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