Get Tickets for Wimbledon Tennis: How to Enter the Ballot for 2020
Wimbledon Dates 2020, and 2021
The tennis championships dates are:
29 June to 12 July 2020
28 June to 11 July 2121 (provisional)
When Can You Buy Tickets For Wimbledon 2020?
The Wimbledon tennis championships are from 29th June 2020 to 12th July 2020. The period for entering the public ballot for 2020 tickets will end on 31st December 2019. (A ballot is a type of lottery.)
To enter your details for the 2020 public ballot go to the official All England Lawn Tennis Championships website. You will be able to enter your details from 1st September 2019. The ballot is always oversubscribed so there is no guarantee that by entering you will be given the opportunity to buy tickets. However, if you do not enter, then you will definitely not have this chance.
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How to Buy Resale (or Returned) Tickets
Not everyone is sufficiently organized to apply for match tickets via the postal ballot. Entering the ballot means planning a year ahead and many of us like to do things more spontaneously. So, another way to buy tickets at a reasonable price is to queue for resale or return tickets on the day of the event.
Resale or returned tickets have been returned to the booking office to be offered (legitimately) for resale. Hundreds of people queue and camp out overnight in order to get these tickets. You will be given a numbered queue card to show your place in the line. The video below shows one fan’s experience of a good-humored wait to get some Wimbledon tickets.
How to Obtain Wimbledon Tickets
To get tickets for the Wimbledon tennis tournament at their original price, you need to think ahead. Prepare now for 2020.
- Make a note in your diary to check the official Wimbledon site in August. The date for entering the ballot for tickets is published then.
- Complete your entry as soon as possible. You don't want to miss the December closing date just because you've been distracted by Christmas celebrations.
- Keep an eye out for the results of the ballot in February/ March. If you know you will be away from home, get a friend to check your mail for you. Failure to formally accept the offer in time will result in tickets being re-offered to another entrant in the ballot.
- If you are not successful in the ballot, try queuing on the day. Get there early and be prepared to wait in line for several hours.
You could buy a hospitality package via a tour operator that includes tickets to the tournament. However the tickets you obtain in this way will have their price inflated to include a large profit for the operator. It is not just scammers that take advantage of the huge demand there is for Wimbledon tennis fortnight.
Online Only Ballot From 2020
Until now, entry into the public lottery for Wimbledon tickets has been a paper-based system. This year AELTC (the All England Lawn Tennis Club) trialled online applications for some overseas entrants. The trial looks likely to be declared a success. If so, all entries for the 2020 ballot will have to be made digitally online.
“Ensuring the accessibility of Wimbledon tickets for spectators of all ages and geographical locations remains a primary focus and importantly the ballot will retain the principle that applications may be submitted at any time during the application window; there is no advantage to being the fastest to apply.” (The AELTC press release)
Enter the Public Ballot for Wimbledon Tickets
- The ballot is public and open to everyone.
- There is no charge to enter the ballot, but if you are offered the chance to buy (up to two tickets), you would need to pay immediately and in full, to reserve them. There is no penalty if you decide not to take up this offer.
- You enter the ballot for Wimbledon tennis tickets via the online application site.
- The ballot is only open for a limited period. All completed ballot application forms for the 2020 season must be received by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) by 31st December 2019.
- Successful applicants will be notified of their ticket allocation from February 2020 onwards.
Is It Worth Getting a Grounds Admission Ticket?
If you just want to soak up the atmosphere of summer tennis, you can buy a grounds admission ticket. These give access to the grounds but not to the enclosed courts. Live tennis is streamed to the outside audience via several huge TV screens located around the grounds.
The price of a grounds ticket (£25 in 2019) is higher at the start of the fortnight than at the end. This is because crowds increase through the fortnight putting pressure on the facilities. A grounds ticket does not include the right to sit down and the more crowded the grounds are, the less chance you have of comfortably enjoying the day. The only place to sit is the grassed area nicknamed Henman's Hill or Murray's Mount. By the end of the fortnight this area is standing room only.
Grounds tickets sound a bargain but remember they do not include a seat or any cover from sun or rain. Even die-hard tennis fans will find 10 hours is a long time to stand all day.
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How Much Do Wimbledon Tickets Cost?
Ticket prices relate to how far along the tournament is. At the start of the tournement the prices are lowest. If you want to watch semi-final or final matches, you will pay a much higher price. The Centre Court and Court No. 1 have the highest prices as these are where you are most likely to see seeded players.
For example in 2019, Centre Court tickets on the first day are £64. For the 13th and final day of competition, Centre Court tickets are £225.
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Don’t Get Caught by Ticket Scams or Touts
There are many scammers out to make a quick buck from your love of sport. Don’t be tempted to buy Wimbledon tickets from online resellers or ticket touts outside the grounds. They will be illegal sales and you will not be able to use them on the day of the event. The official Wimbledon public ticket ballot via their website is the only legitimate way to buy match tickets in advance at their original face value.
If you are successful and get match tickets, the official Wimbledon website has lots of useful information to help plan your visit. An A-Z of frequently asked questions includes advice on where you can park your bicycle, the availability of food and drink for special diets, as well as detailing transport options to get to the grounds. There is also an AELTC tennis museum and tours of the facility if you want to make the most of your visit to Wimbledon.
Summer Weather in England
Summer weather is unpredictable in the UK. It can be a heat wave or a torrential rainstorm during Wimbledon fortnight. The viewing stands and outside spectator areas are not covered; they are open to the elements.
You may get soaked from heavy rain or sunburnt from strong sunshine. You need to be prepared if you want to enjoy the tennis. Remember to take SPF 30+ sun-cream and an umbrella with you.
All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) Public Ballot
The best way to get tickets at face value is to buy them direct from AELTC. (This is the organization that owns and runs the Wimbledon tennis championships). They sell match tickets via a well-organized public ballot system.
Tickets for the Wimbledon championships are hot property. Although their resale is banned, high demand for them encourages ticket touts. Unless you buy a ticket direct from the organizers, you will pay an inflated price. In addition, an illegally resold ticket may be declared null and void when you try to use it.
The AELTC ballot is designed to be fair to everyone who enters. Each applicant has an equal chance of having their application form selected. To take part in this public ballot, you need to complete an application form for the draw. Each person is only allowed one entry into the draw. Entries are drawn randomly; it is a true public lottery. If your name is selected, you are given the opportunity to buy up to two tickets for one day of the Wimbledon tournament.
You won’t be able to specify which day you would like to attend. If you are offered an inconvenient match-day, you don't have to buy the tickets. However, even the chance to spectate one of the early rounds would make an interesting and exciting day out.