Wondering how to get into Wimbledon? Even if you don’t like tennis ( I don’t — the numbers on the scoreboard kept changing and I had no idea what was happening) Wimbledon can still be really fun. Here’s everything a tennis newbie needs to know about making the most of it:
Before you know how to get into Wimbledon, you need to know what to do while waiting in the most organized queue in the world. I severely underestimated the wait time (roughly 3 ½ hours on the day I went) and would’ve roasted if it wasn’t for the kind mother behind me. Seriously. Go moms.
To beat the Wimbledon Queue, you’ll want to bring the following things:
- Sunscreen, so you don’t roast.
- Snacks and lots of water, so you don’t die of starvation or dehydration. You can bring outside food into Wimbledon Village, just not hard-sided containers, like picnic baskets, coolers, or flasks. Because of this, it’s a good idea to just bring plastic bags and throw them away as you consume their contents.
- A hat, so you look stylish AF and the top of your head doesn’t get sunburned. But a hat like this. Not like this.
- A sheet, if you don’t want to sit on the ground because chairs aren’t allowed inside Wimbledon Village, so there’s no use in bringing them.
Go on a day with a “big match” in the morning
The hardcore tennis fans are going to be lined up well before opening to get tickets for the big matches. Don’t stress; you’re not competing with them – you’re just at Wimbledon for the experience. If you arrive mid-morning to early afternoon, the Williams vs. Sharapova or Federer vs. Agassi matches will already be well underway. As soon as these high-profile matches are over, tennis super fans will leave Wimbledon Village in droves, selling back their tickets so they become available for you to purchase.
Take a taxi from the train station
It doesn’t matter if you know how to get into Wimbledon if you aren’t there early enough. The most organized queue in the world fills up pretty quickly. The Wimbledon train station is in walking distance from The Queue, but if you walk, you’ll lose 30 minutes and roughly 100-200 people could be in line ahead of you. Spring for the taxi. The 5 pounds is worth it.
Don’t get your hopes up
There is a possibility that you will wait in the Wimbledon Queue for hours on end and not get to see any tennis. Being prepared for this disappointment will help ease the pain if it’s truly the outcome. So make the most of your time in the queue. Take photos. Make friends. Your Wimbledon memories don’t actually need to contain small yellow balls.
As always, the Brits are hella organized. As such, you can view the Complete Guide to Queuing at Wimbledon here.
Some highlights include the following things:
- Queue Card Instructions
When you arrive at Wimbledon Tennis Village, proceed to entrance Gate 3 and look for the flag that marks the end of The Queue. You will then be given a Queue Card which is dated and numbered to avoid line jumping. Protect it with your life; if you lose it, you lose your place!
- Left Luggage Advice
The left luggage facilities at Wimbledon open at 5:30 AM and close one hour after the last match ends (usually right at dusk). Items cost £1 to deposit and the proceeds are donated towards improving Wimbledon Park. There is a bag size restriction of 60cm x 45cm x 25cm (aircraft cabin size), so don’t bring anything larger or you might have to part with it.
- Wimbledon Order of Play
Who’s playing and when? The Complete Guide to Queuing at Wimbledon has most of what you need to know so you can decide which day you want to go.
So now you know how to get into Wimbledon, so go forth and get in! Also, if you see any celebrities, please take a selfie with them for my sake. Niall Horan has been seen at Wimbledon, as has Benedict Cumberbatch, and even Prince Harry. So go get ‘em!
ps. The dress I wore to Wimbledon is from Dress Barn 🙂
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