Wimbledon is unquestionably one of the greatest sporting events in the world. It’s combination of history and tradition creates a global event quite unlike any other and for that reason it’s rightly regarded as the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. The All England Club in Wimbledon has held The Championships since 1877 and is the only tennis Major still played on grass – the games original surface.
General public tickets for Wimbledon are almost as rare as grass tennis courts and are obtained via the All England Lawn Tennis Clubs Public Ballot. One must enter the Public Ballot by the end of the year prior to the tournament, i.e. 31st December 2011 for entry into the Wimbledon 2012 ballot. It says a lot for the history and popularity of Wimbledon that this ballot was first introduced in 1924! The Ballot is now somewhat quite archaic inasmuch that entrants are unable to pay online and must send off for an application form via post. However the AELTC do state they don’t use online applications as they prefer to have an original signed form should any issues arise. Successful ballot entrants are notified by post between February and June on the year of The Championships.
Of particular note are Wimbledon Centre Court and No. 1 Court Debentures. These are issued every 5 years by the AELTC and guarantee each holder a ticket per day of the Championships or for No. 1 Court Debentures for the first 10 days of the tournament. The sale of these Debenture tickets raises capital for the AELTC and have recently contributed towards improvements such as increasing the Centre Court capacity to 15,000, adding Debenture balconies to No. 1 Court and installing the retractable roof on Centre Court. It is through capital raised from Debenture sales that the All England Club keep their vision to “remain the premier tennis tournament in the world”.
The Lawn Tennis Association also offer ballots for several different categories including British Tennis members, School Tennis Members, LTA licensed coaches and clubs with Performance or Clubmark status. The only other option for General Public tickets is to queue overnight outside the grounds as there approximately 500 tickets available for Centre, No. 1 and No. 2 Courts each day, besides the last four days.
Our off-site Wimbledon hospitality within the Wimbledon Club and Lakeview Restaurant includes either a Centre Court or No. 1 Court Debenture ticket as part of guests’ hospitality experience, whilst Skyview Suites and Fairways Village include Official Wimbledon tickets. Whether Debenture or as an Officially Supplied ticket, guests will enjoy one of the best views in either Centre or No. 1 Court as well as experiencing some of the world’s best hospitality.
Finally you may be invited by the Chairman of the All England Club and the Committee of Management of The Championships to attend the Championships in the Royal Box. As well as members as friends of the Royal Family, the Royal Box contains people from “the tennis world including supporters of British tennis and other walks of life”. As well as enjoying the best view in the stadium guests are also invited to the Clubhouse for lunch, tea and drinks at the end of the day.