Wimbledon 2009: How To Queue (Standing & Surfing)

By London_Duncan Last edited 106 months ago
Wimbledon 2009: How To Queue (Standing & Surfing)

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Picture of the 2008 version of the queue via acme's Flickr stream.

With Rafael Nadal losing his own private "nobbled knee" contest, Wandsworth's own Andy Murray stands his best chance so far of winning the Championship at the All England Club, or, this year, Wimbledon 2009 to you and us.

Last year, when some were caught on the hop, we brought you up to date news about how the queueing system had changed and advice on tactics and protocol. Much of that remains true, and the main points are:

there is a single queue from Gate 3
  • there is camping overnight in Wimbledon Park for an expected 2,000 people per night
  • campers are woken at 6am by Wimbledon stewards
  • around 7:30, 1,500 or so coloured wristbands are distributed indicating entitlement to a ticket for Centre, No. 1 or No. 2 court
  • at least 6,000, and as many as 9,000, general entry tickets are available, but by 10am there will already be more people than that in the queue
  • on joining the queue you receive a dated and numbered card that you must keep until the turnstile
  • sales are strictly one ticket per person and cash only
  • you may take in only one bag, which must be soft-sided and measure no more than 18” x 12" x 12" (45cm x 30cm x 30cm).
  • neither equipment nor another person may hold a place for anyone unless there has been prior negotiation
  • Every evening around 8:30pm about 500 Centre Court tickets are made available via Ticketmaster for the following day's play at £40 each. Returned Centre Court tickets may also be available at the same price
  • It's good to hear that the Wimbledon organisers are warming to their overnight tented village:

    Lighting and improved toilet facilities have been installed, there is catering and a high level of stewarding to create a more comfortable ‘camping' experience.

    Indeed, they are believed to have stepped in to save particularly early queuers (as in last Friday) from being hoiked off the local streets by Merton council on those legendary health and safety grounds before the park facilities were fully up and running . The British Tennis site will help you identify whereabouts in Wimbledon park to actually find the queue, though watch out on opening day as "Tiger" Tim Henman himself is out to select one lucky queue member to play a match on one of the hallowed courts. This won't be against semi-permanent semi-finalist Tim, obviously, but rather against his unbeaten protegé, Alesha Dixon, of songstrel and Strictly Come Dancing fame under the banner of a well-known purveyor of orange squash. We're guessing all the sets will have to go to "SEVEN!".

    Last Updated 22 June 2009

    Pete G

    Thanks for these tips. Any idea if we can take in DSLR cameras?

    Simon-K

    This is what the Wimbledon website says about photography

    The use of photographic equipment must not inconvenience any other person in the Grounds. Still photographs, film, videotape or other audio-visual material recorded within the Grounds may not be sold or used commercially in any way whatsoever unless authorised by the AELTC and may be confiscated by the Club if such sale or commercial use is suspected.

    You also can't use flash photography and there are restrictions on bag sizes, so you want to take that into account with your DSLR

    Duncan

    Thanks for the information, Simon.

    Ill have a look at us including some photo advice for next year's feature.

    Adam Bowie

    Interestingly, the first time I ever used an SLR was at Wimbledon. Back in the late eighties and early nineties you could always find a Nikon stand where they actually hired out their SLR cameras with big lenses. You just had to supply a credit card in case you forgot to bring the camera back at the end of the day.

    The only charge was five pounds, for which they gave you a film which they'd also process and develop. I simply brought a pocketful of my own films which I took away with me.

    Flash photography was always banned of course. I remember using another film camera once with no option to switch off the flash. So I simply taped up the flash with black masking tape.

    Judging by those rules quoted above by Simon, Wimbledon must have one of the least restrictive photographic policies of any major sporting event. You try wandering into your average Premier League football ground with your DSLR and see what the stewards have to say about it...

    Adam Bowie

    Interestingly, the first time I ever used an SLR was at Wimbledon. Back in the late eighties and early nineties you could always find a Nikon stand where they actually hired out their SLR cameras with big lenses. You just had to supply a credit card in case you forgot to bring the camera back at the end of the day.

    The only charge was five pounds, for which they gave you a film which they'd also process and develop. I simply brought a pocketful of my own films which I took away with me.

    Flash photography was always banned of course. I remember using another film camera once with no option to switch off the flash. So I simply taped up the flash with black masking tape.

    Judging by those rules quoted above by Simon, Wimbledon must have one of the least restrictive photographic policies of any major sporting event. You try wandering into your average Premier League football ground with your DSLR and see what the stewards have to say about it...