Tennis

Wimbledon queue: Insider tips on best time to arrive today

Wimbledon has earned its place as one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated events on the tennis calendar. It is the only major tennis tournament still played on grass courts, which adds an extra level of uniqueness and challenge to the game.

This is why it holds a special place in the hearts of tennis enthusiasts and players alike. While fans around the world enjoy the action from their screens in various formats, those in attendance are in store for quite some memories. The Wimbledon Queue is a legendary tradition that has become an integral part of the prestigious Championships. It all starts here and we will discuss the best way to manoeuvre around it.

The Wimbledon Queue

The Queue provides tennis fans with a chance to witness the action firsthand, soak in the vibrant atmosphere, and be part of this historic event. One of the most popular ways to obtain access to the grounds is through the purchase of a Wimbledon Ground Pass.

The Queue, located at the Gate 3 turnstiles in Wimbledon Park, opens at 6 a.m., and it is recommended to arrive by 9 a.m. to increase your chances of obtaining a pass for the day’s play. However, please note that availability is limited, and demand can be high, particularly during the early stages of the tournament.

To make the most of your visit to the Queue, it is advisable to come prepared. Bring comfortable clothing, water, sunscreen, and perhaps some snacks to ensure you have a pleasant and enjoyable wait. Engaging in conversations with fellow tennis enthusiasts in the Queue can also add to the overall excitement and anticipation.

Best time to start queueing

If you’re planning to join the Queue at Wimbledon to secure prime seat tickets, timing is crucial. While there is no foolproof method to guarantee the exact seat you want, understanding the general guidelines and making informed decisions can increase your chances.

Here’s a breakdown of the best times to start queueing based on the information provided:

Centre Court Tickets

To have a high probability of getting a Centre Court ticket, it is advisable to join the Queue at least 36 hours in advance from the morning you wish to be let in. It’s even safer to arrive two full days in advance to improve your chances of securing a spot on Centre Court.

Keep in mind that being one of the first 500 people (Q1 – Q500) in line essentially guarantees a Centre Court ticket. However, due to personal preferences and player distribution, some individuals within this range may opt for No. 1 Court or No. 2 Court tickets, providing an opportunity for those in later queue positions.

No. 1 and No. 2 Court Tickets

For No. 1 and No. 2 Court tickets, arriving 24 to 36 hours in advance is recommended. Being in the queue range of Q501 – Q1000 ensures a good chance of obtaining a ticket for No. 1 Court, while those in the range of Q1000 – Q1500 can expect to secure a ticket for No. 2 Court. However, arriving earlier within these ranges increases your likelihood of getting better seats.

Grounds Passes

If you’re interested in a grounds pass for the current day’s play, it is advisable to arrive well before sunrise. This means reaching the Queue between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. to be among the first to be let in.

However, if you prefer a later start, it is still possible to join the Queue, but you may risk missing some matches due to the time-intensive process of moving from the Queue to the actual Wimbledon grounds.

Camping for Better Queue Positions

Another option to improve your queue position is to consider camping for an extra night in the overnight queue. When the overnight queue participants are allowed in for the day’s play, new queue cards are distributed.

By camping an additional night, you can potentially jump ahead in the queue and secure a better spot. This strategy works well if you have specific court preferences and are willing to wait.


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