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Published on July 2nd, 2018 | by Jasmine Evans

Secrets of the Wimbledon Queue

The Wimbledon Queue plays a pivotal role in the tennis tournament’s history and tradition, as much as the tennis players themselves, some might argue! This #MotivationMonday, we thought we’d help reveal the secrets to surviving the notorious Wimbledon Queue.

This year’s Wimbledon Championships takes place between 2nd July – 15th July. In tennis, Wimbledon and the French Open are the only two major sporting tournaments where fans without tickets can turn up on the day and queue up for premium seats.

Thousands of eager spectators flock to The Queue every year, hours before the Grounds open, loaded with tents and camp chairs, alcohol, food and good spirits. Tickets are limited and are sold strictly on the basis of one per person queuing. Whilst queuing in the sunshine in your sunhats, drinking Pimm’s and socialising seems like minimal effort, there is a strict code of conduct to follow.

The Queue’s Code of Conduct

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According to the official Wimbledon website, The Queue guidelines state that upon entering The Queue, you will be issued with a numbered and dated Queue Card which must be kept with you always. Reserving a place for someone is strictly forbidden, and temporary absence from The Queue must not exceed 30 minutes.

As well as only allowing 2-man tents on the premises, gazebos, barbeques, camping stoves and fires are banned, both in The Queue and in Wimbledon Park. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, and rightly so. But so is loud music, smoking and vaping, and ball games after 10pm.

For those queuing Foodies, you’ll be pleased to know that you can order your own takeaway to The Queue. Any take-away food deliveries must be arranged for collection at Wimbledon Park Road gate only and must arrive before 10:00pm

Wimbledon recommends you arrive at The Queue a few hours before it opens at 10:30am. For disabled visitors with mobility impairments, there are facilities to wait nearer to the Grounds.

Whether you’re an overnight queuer, morning queuer, or afternoon queuer, queuing at Wimbledon can be an incredibly fun and memorable experience. But there’s just one more rule…

Enjoy and make the most of it.


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