Wimbledon 2018 - Queuing Overnight For Tickets
This is the most comprehensive guide to queuing for Wimbledon tickets. It has been compiled by our team members who actually queue every year.
This is the order of events from starting to queue overnight to gaining entry into Wimbledon:
Join the Queue
Join the queue inside Wimbledon Park. Access can be from either Wimbledon Park Road (if arriving from Southfields Underground Station) or along Melrose Avenue (more convenient for Wimbledon Park Underground Station). See our Wimbledon Street Map.
Upon entering the park, the Stewards will direct you to your queue position and issue each person a numbered Queue Card. This means you cannot hold a place in the queue for anyone else. These cards will be checked a few times before entering the Grounds so do not lose them!
Set up your tent
From 2013, you are permitted only 2 people per tent and gazebos have been banned. See Useful Equipment section below for more information.
Food and Drink
There are plenty of options when it comes to buying food during the day and evening.
- Limited number of food vans selling burgers/pizza/etc. on Wimbledon Park.
- Cafe at back of Wimbledon Park near the public tennis courts.
- Numerous local Takeaways will hand out their leaflets while you are in the queue.
- Southfields, which is a short walk away, has a small array of shops, restaurants, takeaways and mini-supermarkets.
- Wimbledon Village is the furthest away but has everything you need including; restaurants, bars, supermarkets and shops.
No BBQ’s are allowed in the park or nearby areas, however you can still bring a picnic.
Toilets/Wash Room Facilities
There are two temporary toilet/wash room facilities in Wimbledon Park dedicated to campers.
There are Stewards on both day and night shift to handle all problems. If anything gets out of hand the Police are nearby so don't worry. Should you require any assistance throughout the night just speak to one of the Stewards who patrol in small groups at regular intervals.
In the Morning
No real need to set an alarm clock in the morning as you will be promptly woken up at 5.00am by a Steward! Be warned that it is often cold at this time. You now have about 1 hour in which to pack your belongings and take them to Left Luggage.
Left Luggage Facilities
Only one small soft bag (40cm x 30cm x 30cm) per person is allowed inside the Grounds so check your camping equipment/excess luggage
into the Left Luggage facility and return to your position in the queue.
The Left Luggage facility is to the north side of Wimbledon Park. It opens at 5.30am and closes one hour after the end of the day’s play.
The cost to leave camping equipment or very large bags is £5 per item per day and £1 for each small item.
Please note: No hampers, cool boxes or hard sided bags of any size are allowed inside the Grounds.
The Stewards will begin to move the queue up between 6.30 and 6.50am and as you bunch up you’ll realise that you're much closer to the front than you thought you were! You will also notice that many others have joined the queue throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning.
At 7.00am the queue moves into Wimbledon Golf Course and at 7.30am wrist bands are issued. It is very important to be in your queue position at this time if you are expecting a Show Court ticket.
Now prepare for security checks and even more queueing until the Wimbledon Gates open at 9.15am.
Wrist Bands and Tickets
Depending on how far up the queue you are, you may have a choice of Show Court tickets (Centre, No.1, No.2) as there are only a limited number of these available - see Show Court Tickets Available below.
Make sure you know in advance who is scheduled on each court. The Steward will inform you of the available Show Court tickets and then issue you with an associated wrist band. This band is then your key to obtaining the Show Court ticket once you reach the turnstiles. Without a wristband of any kind you will only gain a Ground Pass admission at the turnstiles.
When buying your ticket only cash is accepted, no credit cards or cheques.
Show Court Tickets Available
- 500 tickets are available every day, for the first nine days, for people who queue.
- 500 tickets are available every day for queuers.
- 500 tickets are available every day for queuers whilst matches are scheduled on this court.
– Thousands of tickets are available every day at the gate. These allow access to all of the outside courts, including the unreserved seating on Court No.3.
The Wimbledon Championships may be during the middle of summer in the UK, but that doesn't guarantee the weather will be great. More often than not, there is rain throughout the week and it can still get rather cold at night.
Portable mobile phone charger!
Camping Mat: Small camping mattress. Essential if you want to get any sleep as the ground can be very hard and cold.
Chair: A small fold up chair is a good idea and used by many.
Torch/Lamp: Very useful for inside your tent when it gets dark and/or finding your way to and from your tent.
Radio: Tune into Wimbledon Radio 87.7 FM (8am onwards) to check the Order Of Play, latest news & results, weather reports, etc. While on court, the radio can also provide commentary on the match you're watching, providing you're on the court they're commentating on.
Waterproof Jacket: Essential, even if just a small packable one.
Umbrella: Not just for the rain, but can also be useful to shield you from the sun during the day.
Camera: Don't forget your camera to capture the highlights of your day(s) at Wimbledon.
Autograph Book: Many people take autograph books, while others buy a programme or oversized Slazenger tennis ball on the day and ask players/celebrities if they will sign it for them.