Owing to huge demand for Wimbledon tickets, the Public Ballot (since 1924) is still regarded as the fairest way to distribute Show Court tickets. Open to everyone and remains substantially oversubscribed. See Ballot for more information.
Centre Court - Approximately 500 tickets are available each day at the turnstiles EXCEPT for the last four days on Centre Court which are pre-sold.
No.1 Court - approximately 500 tickets are available each day at the turnstiles.
No.2 Court - approximately 500 tickets are available each day at the turnstiles only for as many days as a full programme of matches can be maintained.
Grounds - several thousand tickets are available each day at the turnstiles entitling use of the unreserved seating and standing room on Courts No.3-19.
Centre and No.3 Court - several hundred tickets will be sold on the day (from 9am) before play via the Ticketmaster website.
Details will be communicated initially to those people who have registered for regular Wimbledon e-mail newsletters.
NB As The Championships are a hugely popular and over-subscribed event, these tickets often sell out almost immediately after going on sale.
Tickets are also allocated to Schools Tennis, British Tennis Membership, overseas tennis federations/associations for distribution to their affiliated clubs etc and other organisations with special claims.
2500 Debenture seats on Centre Court and 1000 on No.1 Court. See Debentures (link to Debentures below) for more information.
Demand for Wimbledon tickets tends to exceed supply. Current policy is based on the following principles:
Even though all tickets could be sold in advance, a number of prime tickets from the public allocation should be reserved and made available for sale on the day.
Debentures offered so as to fund the continual upgrading of the facilities.
Less than 10% of Centre/No.1 Court seats reserved for the official hospitality market.
Money raised from all ticket sales contributes to the surplus that is passed annually to the British LTA for investment in the British game.
The existing allocations represent a fair balance of all interests. In 2011, these were:
Includes the annual Public Ballot, tennis players/members in LTA-affiliated tennis clubs across Great Britain Schools, and on-day sales.
Introduced in 1922 to finance the purchase of the new ground in Church Road. Money raised from Debentures has enabled facilities at The Championships to be improved without reducing the annual surplus passed to the LTA.
Hospitality, both private and corporate, is provided by the AELTC and its official licensed agents.
Schools, players, press, LTA Council photographers and television, Royal Box, officials, AELTC members, overseas tennis associations, etc.
Every effort is made to ensure seat tickets that are no longer needed are made available for resale from the Ticket Resale Kiosk to people already within the grounds. Original ticket holders are asked to put unwanted tickets in special red boxes for collection by the Honorary Stewards or, if wishing to retain them as souvenirs, to have the barcodes scanned on leaving the grounds so that a new ticket may be generated.
Since 1954, money raised from returned tickets has been donated to charity, via the Wimbledon Foundation. In the past 10 years over £500,000 has been raised.
HSBC, the Official Bank of The Championships, has agreed to donate to these charities a sum equal to the total amount raised by the ticket resale scheme.
i. If there is less than one hour's play because of rain on the court for which tickets have been bought, the original purchasers of the tickets for that court on that day will be refunded with the amount which they paid for those tickets - the maximum refund payable will be the face value of the tickets for the day concerned.
ii. Purchasers of Grounds passes at the turnstiles (except those purchased after 5pm) will be eligible for a full refund if, due to rain, the average amount of play on those courts accessible with a Grounds pass and for which play was originally scheduled is less than one hour.
iii. If there is more than one hour's play, but less than two hours' play, refunds will be limited to half the amount paid.
iv. The Referee's decision on how much play has taken place will be final.
v. Only the original purchasers are eligible for refunds under this policy. Refunds will be paid out automatically for tickets bought in advance, but tickets bought at the turnstiles (prior to 5 p.m. only) should be returned without delay to: TheTicket Office, AELTC, "Raincheck", PO Box 98, London SW19 5AE.
vi. In view of the numbers that could be involved, please do not call at the AELTC's Ticket Office or telephone the AELTC.
vii. Tickets purchased at the Ticket Resale kiosk are not covered by this policy as the monies are passed to charity.
viii. Separate terms and conditions apply a) to Debenture Holders as notified by The All England Lawn Tennis Ground plc and b) to any extra days of play.
Refunds are calculated as defined above and using the Referee’s record of how much play has taken place on any given day. It is this official figure which determines whether or not customers are entitled to refunds, rather than the amount of play which an individual spectator may have seen.
THE ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB (CHAMPIONSHIPS) LIMITED (AELTC)
Under these conditions all Wimbledon tickets, apart from Debentures which are clearly marked, will only be valid if sold either by The All England Lawn Tennis Club or by one of its licensed and authorised agents. Unauthorised sale or transfer of tickets immediately invalidates them.
The AELTC takes active steps to monitor and control sales including those made via shops and internet sites (such as eBay).
Where the details of tickets being advertised for sale are known, the tickets are cancelled meaning that the purchasers will not gain entry to The Championships.