I was here yesterday,
which was the first time I've been to the first day of Wimbledon. The
atmosphere was great, the weather was perfect and the matches were fantastic.
The time goes surprisingly quickly as you're captivated by thrilling matches.
The food is of ok
quality and will cost you about £8-9 pounds without a drink. Alcohol is pricey
with a glass of Pimm's costing about £8. The classic Wimbledon strawberries and
cream are currently just under £3.00 which is very pricey for 10 strawberries;
though this year HSBC customers can get a portion for free, just show your card
at the booth to get a voucher for the stalls.
You can, most people do, bring your own food to Wimbledon. Whilst you're not
supposed to eat or drink during the match they unofficially allow you to, just
don't make a mess.
If you're looking
for a good place to lie down between matches (have an ice-cream) I recommend
going to Aorangi Terrace, colloquially known as Henman Hill/Murray mound. It's situated behind court 1 and there is a large screen for you to view the
centre court match on. If you don't have a ticket to the main courts you can
pay £20 to enter Wimbledon, with this you can you go to the unreserved seats of
If you want tickets
for Wimbledon 2013 you can apply via the public ballot from August December 2012. You have to request an application form,
which is then posted to you, I wish you could simply complete the form online
but it doesn't look like that will be an option any time soon. Tickets
start from around £35 for the early rounds and £120 for the finals. You simply
apply for tickets to Wimbledon, you can not specify which date or indeed which
round you want, you may get the early rounds or you may get final tickets,
though tickets to the finals and semis are very rare as most tickets are
allocated to businesses. You also can only apply for two tickets per person and
will know if you have been allocated tickets in February, though you don't
actually receive your tickets and see your seat number until June.
Sitting amongst the quiet rural setting of suburban London is the world's most famous sporting venue...The Championships of Wimbledon.
There are 2 ways to obtain tickets to this event and neither are easy. As a foreigner; i.e. non-British citizen, you can submit an entry into the lottery and hope that you get picked to then purchase tickets. Or and this is the most fun by far, you can show up when play begins and purchase a grounds ticket for approximately $12 US. The grounds ticket will allow you to see all of the matches except for the ones taking place on Centre Court or Court No.1. If you want to gain admittance to Wimbledon this way, plan on arriving before 6am to que up with the rest of the tennis faithful who have already been queing since the previous night when play ended.
The event lasts a fortnight and there is so much history and tradition steeped in this sporting event, that everyone should make this a destination and something that they need to cross off of their "to do" list before they die. In addition to walking in the footsteps of the legends in the game of tennis, this is the only place outside of Buckingham Palace that as a tourist, you will have the opportunity to see someone from the British aristocracy, namely the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
As one of the wettest sporting events, there are often days where there is no play at all. It happened to us one of the days we got in after we had gained admittance. However, the collection of tennis fans from around the world came together in tennis' Mecca and made our 6 hour wait in the stands memorable and one I will never forget. The upside to the rain is that it may cause the need for match play on the middle Sunday of the fortnight in order to keep the event on schedule. Often the tournament directors will not charge for admission to the middle Sunday. If this happens, then access is granted to the commoners to both Centre Court and Court No.1.
I could go on and on about the best $12 I ever spent to get in at Wimbledon. I'll refrain and convey that I will treasure my memories from going to Wimbledon forever!
The AELTCC also has a museum which is open year round. During the fortnight of the Championships, only ticketholders can gain access to the museum.
Go and mingle with the true believers among the granddaddy of all sporting events...Wimbledon!
It's here. And it's almost over. The two weeks of every year when people remember what that peculiar game called tennis is, and our mums and girlfriends pick up their rackets and rush to the park in the vain hope that they can emulate the grace and elegance of Chris Evert of old, or Ana Ivanovic of now. Well, what's the harm in trying . .
But if you head down to SW17 yourself, you're in for a big surprise. Actually attending the championships is one of the most memorable summer days you're likely to spend this year. Brimming with life, the whole place is like a tennis theme park, with stalls selling pimms, champagne and all kinds of food imaginable, speed of serve challenges, oh, and some world class tennis.
You're unlikely to get onto a show court if you turn up, but what people often forget is that there is tennis going on all over the place: Doubles, Mixed, Juniors et al fight it out on the outside courts, and it's all breathtakingly good. Or just pop up to Henman Hill and catch another Brit fighting for us all.
Wimbledon is one of the best of the tennis gram slams, and the only one on grass. If you can get a ticket during the tournament is a great special, the cheapest all an all day ground pass. But then you do not see and show courts, they have large screens so you can still with games on number 1 and centre court. If you want to see big games they you will need to apply for tickets soon after the event has finished, for next year as the tickets are done by a ballot. On the day you can also but return for matches that people have handed a ticket back for and gone home early
For other time of the year they have great museum if you visit out side if the Wimbledon fortnight
This is definitely the best place to play some tennis with friends or other members of the club. I love exercising and the fast pace of the game so it's perfect for my needs. The courts are always in excellent condition and the staff is friendly. Thank you.
Perhaps I'm not quite as enthusiastic as ahunter but I still rate it 5*. As far as I know there are no other major sporting events in this country where you can still queue up to buy tickets on the day. This is what makes the wimbledon experience so special and worth experiencing.
Having said I'm not as enthusiastic, I would still definately change ends with Sue Barker. Does that work as an innuendo? Not sure it does, but didn't want to lower the tone with something about new balls...
Where else would you rather be during a british summer?
I've only ever been to the club when the championships are running, but it's very well organised, clean and the catering isn't bad either. A few years ago the food there was terrible but lately it's quite good, and if you can take the time off work it makes a fabulous day out, even if you have to queue to get in (that's part of the fun) :)
I love watching Wimbledon on the tv every year so when i got the chance to go Centre Court at the Federer v Nadal final a few years ago I was ecstatic and couldn't wait.It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life and I would go back any day if I got the chance.Tickets are expensive but totally worth it when you get there,there is a bit of queueing to get in but everyone is in good spirits so it's not too bad.There are lots of courts that you can watch for free and you can sit on Henman Hill and watch the main match.You can also queue after 5 and try to get re-sale tickets for some of the bigger courts for a much cheaper price.A great place to visit.
Wimbledon Tennis is the best watching it on tv is no good after you have been there and watched it all live. The atmosphere, the games, the players the staff all make this a fantatsic thing to witness. amazing
Nice place & good people, the only thing is you just hope to see a good match but always like going when its on.
I have been twice to the championships and will be going this year. It is one of the best organised events in the country. Tickets on the day are very reasonable in price. The queue is long but is controlled in an organised fashion with plenty of facilities whilst you wait. Once the gates open the security is efficient and fast. The ticket booths likewise are quick. The outside courts are great for spectating and movement is fairly easy between them. The ticket resale on the show courts is the best offer in sport and potentially allow you to see the best players of all time for £5 charity donation (plus gen admission entry). Food options could be better, but generally one of the best days out for any sport/tennis fan.
I have been to Wimbledon twice and both times have been great. Even though I haven't seen any of the top seeded matches, there are plenty of great players to watch. If you go after 5pm you can queue to get in and get centre court and court 1 resale tickets for a fiver.
You can also wander in and out of the smaller matches going on and get to see plenty of people (that comes with the entrance ticket).
Wimbledon is totally amazing and I had the best day of my life so far..and that's no exaggeration!! Myself and my mom got debenture tickets for opening day on centre court. It was without a doubt an incredible experience. We went to the Roof Top bar to get drinks and have a sandwich before play began. Get your orders in early as there were many people stressing and nearly missing the start of play due to a delay in the kitchen. They only offer 3 types of sandwich but they are really good and a nice snack. There are many other seated atble served restaurants if you prefer a bigger meal. Every member of staff we met were so friendly and helpful. They were extremely accommodating when all we wanted were strawberries and champagne in the afternoon tea lounge, which has great views over some of the outer courts.
Centre court itself is simply great. The atmosphere is wonderful.
I recommend catching the buses they put on to and from the grounds as it is only £4 return and the traffic routes give priority to the buses, so it's much quicker than trying to get a taxi.
You have to go!
The All England Lawn Tennis Club & Croquet Club is a not-for-profit organisation. The taxed funds generated by The Championships, are used by the LTA to develop tennis in Great Britain. Great and competitive sports club.
Experienced my first tennis at Wimbledon yesterday and watched the first English lady, Katie O'Brien, go out, beaten by the Japanese, Date-Krumm, in the cosy, new Show Court 3. The atmosphere in the grounds is fabulous, the surroundings are so undeniably English. The whole place just buzzes with excitement. It's rather addictive since I can't wait to go again but this time I'll have to pay as I'd managed to win tickets on the Wimbledon website itself. I don't think my husband would ever agree to queuing so I can't just drag him along, nor any sane member of my family! I will have to rely on the ballot next year.... We watched queues forming of fans outside the clubhouse, hoping to catch a glimpse of Nadal, but my impatient husband pulled me from the scrum! It's brilliant fun with the unpredictable Engllish weather adding to the mix - it just happened that the forecasters were right for once as the rain came down bang on cue at 5 pm. Also, as an avid gardener, I just love the co-ordinated flowers - the displays are truly beautiful.
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