Wimbledon 2014 (Arriving from Ireland!)

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  1. irishnadalfan1983

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    I would love to go to Wimbledon this year!

    I am based in Ireland so getting to London would be no problem.

    However I have no idea how to get tickets,etc. I was hoping to maybe spend the first Monday and Tuesday around Wimbledon. I just have no idea how to approach the whole situation. The ideal scenario is i get to see Rafa play but i know that is highly unrealistic.

    I'd love to talk to some who goes on a yearly basis or who could give me some advice.

    Any point in me going without tickets? Even just to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the whole occasion?

    Cheers.
     
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  2. MasterZeb

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    I go every year,but if you want a high chance of getting to see big players, you'll have to enter the ballot. However the applications for this years tournament have finished. You can go there and wait in 'the queue'. It's actually really fun in the queue if you are with bunch if friends, but beware, the earlier you come, the earlier you get in. I went last year and I joined the queue at 6am and got in the grounds at 3pm. However you still have a chance of seeing nadal, or any other big player. You could go a day or two early from the day you want go av camp. This is your best option now as I think around the first 500 people in the queue get tickets for centre court and the other show courts.

    Even if you don't want to camp, trust me just go, and bring some mates with you. Although you won't see the 'big players', the experience of 'the queue ' is different
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    Hi mate,

    I go every year and worked there last year, the poster above gives some very good tips and I'll just add to what he says.

    - If you are not willing to fork out a few grand on debenture seats then the queue is the only option
    - The queue itself is a great experience if with others, to guarantee yourself a centre court or court 1 (very close court side seats) then you need to be in the first 1000 of the queue. 500 centre/500 court 1 and I think 500 Court 2 seats are released every day up till the second Wednesday
    - If you want to guarantee yourself centre/court 1 then you need to camp the night before


    The whole queue process is extremely well organised and planned out, you're not camping in a road, you queue in Wimbledon golf course/Wimbledon park which leads to the grounds - it's all very relaxed, lots of helpful stewards, access to food/toilets all very near. Have a few drinks and get talking to people around you and time will fly by!

    To be honest, even if you didn't get Centre/Court 1 - you would guarantee yourself entry into the grounds on a ground pass around £20. If you go during the first week you'll see lots of matches around, soak up the atmosphere...you'll have a blast.

    Any other Q's drop me a message
     
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  4. irishnadalfan1983

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    Cheers!

    This might sound sad, but i am planning to go with my Mum! She is 62 and we both have been following since i was a child ( I am a 30 year old child now).

    Can you explain to me more about the queue? Am i correct in stating you were in the queue for about 6/7 hours and finally go into centre court?
     
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    Cheers.

    I suppose i have one main question - how would you approach this with your 62 year old mother??! Obviously my mum cant be outside queing for hours on end.

    Essentially I'd like us to see a bit of tennis and chill out/relax/etc.

    Onviously if i was with mates would porbably tear into a few cans for the day but not with my mum!

    Also where would be a good place to stay in London to stay? I am referring to an area if that makes sense?
     
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  6. irishnadalfan1983

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    Yeah that kind fo sounds like what i am looking for. If my Mum and I could see a few matches (even if not centre court), soak up a bit of the atmosphere, maybe see Murray/Henman Hill and relax i think we would be pretty happy!
     
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    Yh. I was in the queue for about 6 hrs but it's not like you keep standing for the 6hrs. It is very organised. You move forward a bit, and then when it stops, you usually stop for about an hour( depend when you get there) so it would be a good idea to bring some entertainment, food and a picnic blanket. Basically have a little picnic. However I didn't get into centre court. I was too late. To get tickets for centre court, you'll have to be the first 500in the line. I was like 1000 something. I only got into the grounds but it wasn't bad. I got to see Lukas Rosol, Heather Watson and Jonny Marray.

    However, if you really want to go inside centre court, you can buy tickets from the ticket resale booth inside, but there will also be a queue for that. On the last day of the championships ( day of men's finals) you could get into the grounds, see the final on he man hill and after the queue at the ticket resale will be short so you could get your hands in the mixed doubles finals that gets held on centre court after the men's final. I think that's what I am gonna do this year.
    If you have any more questions, don't hesitate! Just ask.
     
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    If your mother is disabled/wheelchair bound then I believe they make arrangements to queue nearer the grounds. (scroll down halfway - http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/tickets/201205091336565749973.html). For 60% of the queue you are sitting down and not moving it's only when it hits 6/7am on the day you are attending are you standing up queueing with things being more bunched up.

    On your question Q about where to stay - that's totally up to you and your price range. What's great about London is anywhere is a short tube/train/tram/bus away into Wimbledon/Southfields station so you can stay anywhere in London if you dont mind a short journey.

    Southfields tube station is nearer to Wimbledon then actually Wimbledon station, and both stations operate a bus shuttle which you can pay for which would help your mum with cutting any walking out.
     
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  9. irishnadalfan1983

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    Cheers - no my mother is fit and well! She is 62 so obviously she can't be standing around all day queueing.

    (1) Do they provide seats in the queue or would ya be best off bringing a fold up chair?

    (2) Would the first Monday and Tuesday be a good time to go?

    (3) What time should i hit the queue?

    Cheers!
     
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    You say say you got in the grounds? Does this kind of mean you then have access to all other courts than the big ones or how does it work?
     
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    1) no they don't provide seats so it would be best if you bring a fold up chair or a picnic blanket or something like that

    2) the first Monday, Tuesday and the first Saturday are usually the most busiest times as the Monday and the Tuesday is the start of the tournament and are the first two rounds, however, if you can reach to the queue as early as possible, you might get to see some of the well known players on the smaller court, such as nishikori or kolchreiber, or li na... The Saturday is also mostly busy as a lot of people have a day off including children.

    3) as early as you can. The most ideal idea would be to camp as you would probably get tickets for centre or no1 court, or if you don't, thou can get into the ground early and line up for the ticket resale booth for tickets to centre court, or just enjoy all the other courts that you don't have to pay to get in. If you can't camp, I would suggest being in Wimbledon park at about 5-6am.
     
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    You have access to all the courts and the practice courts except for centre court, court no.1, court no.2 and court no.3. However, there is a part on court three where there aren't allocated seats and if you get a ground pass, you could get in, but if a big player is playing, there will also be a long queue for that, so if you want to go into court 3, I suggest checking the order of play to see who is playing on it so you can have a head start and hopefully see someone good without waiting for other people to leave, and that can take a good few hours. I went last year and one one court(free), del potro was playing. I asked the people at the front of the queue how long they were waiting for and they said 3hrs.
     
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    Wednesday/Thursday of first week or Middle Monday 2nd week are the best days to go. Avoid going 1st Monday because people queue up (quite literally) the weekend before the tournament (saturday morning) because they like getting into the news that way. Since the queue does not offically start for the tournament till 8:30am Sunday before the tournament...there ends up being 'a queue, for the queue' - therefore go midweek or 2nd Monday. Not the first Monday.

    If you only want a grounds pass then any time around 5-7am would be perfect. In 2011 I got to the queue at around 5:30am and got lucky with a court 1 ticket.

    If you want a centre or court 1 ticket then try get there any point before 5pm the day before.

    In 2012 I wanted to get Centre Court tickets for Wednesday, I got to the queue 3:30pm on Tuesday and just missed out the cut (my queue card said 557) but I did get front row seats for court 1. But I also got lucky because someone was kind enough to give me their ticket around 4pm because they were leaving and therefore got to see Murray vs Baghdatis epic!
     
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    I'll jump in on this topic.

    I am planning on coming from the States to go to Wimbledon this year. I did apply on the Ballot.

    Right now, my plan is to arrive the Tuesday before the tournament. I'm staying at a guest house in Clapham. I plan on going to the third day of Qualies at Roehampton, take the train down to Eastbourne for QFs day there, then spend Fri/Sat/Sun exploring London. I studied for a term in England over three years ago (in Leicester) and saw some of the sights in London but still a lot to see. So those days are packed with stuff.

    From then, the plan is queueing for grounds passes on Monday and Tuesday. On the Tuesday I may try to arrive closer to 2-3am to see if I'll have an outside shot at Ct 2.

    Wednesday, the plan is to take a day to rest from two long days of queueing and tennis. Rest up, watch some on the TV and experience it the way you all do, then grab some camping gear and head out by 5pm or so to camp for CC or C1 on Thursday.

    The reason I'm trying for more on the Tuesday/Thursday is because we know Murray will be playing Monday/Wednesday. I figure the queues might be a little less mental those days, especially if Federer winds up in Murray's half.

    From there I'll depart Friday to come back home.

    Does this sound like a good plan? I'll also be trying on a daily basis to get the CC/C3 tickets on Ticketmaster online. Again, I've applied on the ballot...but at this point I have my trip pretty well planned to my liking, and airfare isn't getting any cheaper. I'm tempted to just go forward and book the days I have. If I end up getting tickets on the ballot for one of the Monday-Thursday, then brilliant. Otherwise I'll have to turn them down. Would be a shame but I think I'll be getting much more value for money in week one anyway.

    EDIT:

    Also, this Twitter account was awesome last year. Giving updates on how many are in the queue at a given time. Will really be useful for me this year.
    https://twitter.com/ViewFromTheQ
     
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    I think that you have it all figured out, but how are you so sure murray will play on the Monday and Wednesday? Your plan could change when you receive your tickets, which will be in around march. But if it does work out the way you want it to, you've definitely thought of everything. Also, why do you have to go back after only a week? You would papy quite a lot so you might aswell say fit atleast 2 or 3 weeks
     
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    Murray's defending champion, so he'll open play at Centre Court on the first Monday.

    The 10 day plan is kind of ideal for me. It's what I've budgeted for, and this is actually two days longer than I originally intended. Definitely couldn't afford the lodging for another week! Plus the second week experience doesn't really appeal to me as grounds passes become less useful and it gets tougher to actually see matches.

    EDIT: now you've got me thinking, though...maybe I should just stay until Middle Sunday...
     
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  17. irishnadalfan1983

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    One last query! Can i just queue up and buy two tickets? This would kind of mean only i queue up! I hope that makes sense!
     
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    No. You can only buy one per person. Anyway, to get to the grounds, you have to buy a ground pass, and the ticket booths are just outside the grounds. To buy the ground lasses, you have to go through the queue. However, if you are looking to get the show court tickets, you'll have to camp, but your would still need to buy the tickets from the booths, and you have to queue up to get to the booths. Are you doing this so you mum doesn't have to wait so long?
     
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    Yes! Basically there is no way my Mum could queue for that length of time. I have no issue myself queing and buying her a ticket (then i call her on mobile and tell her come down to meet me - this was what i was thinking).

    So in effect there is no way realistically i can get into Wimbledon (see some matches) with my Mum unless she too spends hours in the queue? Is that correct?
     
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    I also plan to visit W this year as one friend of mine lives currently in London so accommodation is not a problem . The Queue process sounds insane to me. If I camp the day before I would be so tired on the day and probably not enjoying at all the matches.

    However I don't mind being there around 5-6am. Will I have then any chance of CC/ C1 tickets on Wednesday- Friday Week 1??
     
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    Hey irish,

    I hope you don't mind me posting here since I can't contact you any other way:) I was just wondering what part of Ireland you were from. I went there for the first time last year (I'm from California) and my 13 day trip turned into a 60 day trip. Have you been to Kilkenny by chance?
     
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    You might get lucky as It might not be too busy. However, I went last year at 7am and there were literally hundred and hundreds of people in front of me. If you do go at 6, you might get a chance to get court no.1 tickets, but the chance getting centre courts tickets will be quote slim
     
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  23. MasterZeb

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    Unfortunately yes. However, if you're willing to spend a couple of hundred pounds on tickets, you might be able to get some from third party sellers, like gumtree etc. or, of you're really really rich, you can get debenture tickets and you basically get centre court tickets for every match every day of the tournament. But it's like £10,000 per person, per year, so yeah....:)
     
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    Come on folks.. it's Wimbledon! If you want to attend the event, save a thousand dollars (or two for that matter) and do your homework. Seek and ye shall find.
     
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    Hey. I went to Wimbledon in 2008 (so a while ago now) with my family and we just took the tube to SW19 one morning, qued up and paid 17 pounds or whatever it was for the ground pass. This is pretty epic in itself, just walking with the crowds watching the outer courts and legends play etc. Then in the afternoon we qued up again at the ticket office which is near the Hill and got returns for the night session for only 5 pound or something ridiculously cheap like that. We saw the Bryan Brothers play on Centre Court and then legends doubles with Leconte!.

    So just que up and get people's return's if you don't want to pay premium because alot of people have tickets for both sessions but decide not to stay for the evening.
     
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