How are specific seats allocated at the Wimbledon Championships?
By Ed C
Updated 4th January 2022
The allocation of seats at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships is a complex process. Whether you get a ticket at all, and if you do, where you end up sitting will depend on a number of factors.
In this article we explain the various ways to obtain tickets to the Tournament, and what your options are if you want to watch the action on a specific day, specific court or from a specific seat.
Public Ballot Tickets
Every year the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) hold a Public Ballot for Wimbledon tickets. Tickets are always oversubscribed so applicants are far from guaranteed a ticket.
If your application is successful, you will be notified of the court number, date and seat number of your ticket. You can either accept or reject the tickets. Rejected tickets are re-balloted.
AELTC rules prohibit the sale or exchange of tickets obtained through the Public Ballot. If
You can only apply for one pair of tickets per household.
Note that there will not be a public ballot for the 2022 Championships. Due to COVID-19 disruption, tickets from the 2020 ballot have been rolled over to the 2022 Wimbledon tournament.
The Wimbledon Queue
The AELTC retains around 500 tickets (per court) for Centre Court, Court No. 1 and Court No.2 for each day of play. These tickets are allocated to the much-loved Wimbledon Queue. Seat numbers are not known until they are allocated to people in the queue on a first come first served basis.
Competition for tickets is fierce and to be in with a real chance of seeing any matches on the Show Courts, you will probably need to camp out.
If you are prepared to join the queue early enough, you can determine which day and even which court you will end up on.
You will still have to accept whatever seat you are offered, however, and tickets cannot be swapped or exchanged with others.
Debenture Ticket seats offer the best views of Centre Court or No. 1 Court.
Debenture holders receive 5 years of Debenture Tickets on Centre Court or No.1 Court, for each day of The Championships.
Wimbledon Debenture Tickets are the only tickets to the Championships that are legally transferable. Most Debenture holders will sell at least some of their tickets in any given year.
This means that you can purchase a ticket to either Centre Court or No. 1 Court for your preferred day.
How can I choose a Debenture Ticket seat?
The Debenture Office allocates specific seat numbers in May before the Tournament.
If you own a Debenture Ticket before this date, your seat will be assigned in a lottery. You could end up on any of the Debenture seat rows - over the side-line or baseline
Once seats are allocated, there is typically a flurry of activity in the Debenture Ticket market, where specific seat tickets are bought, sold and swapped.
Which seat is best for you is subjective. Some fans prefer to be seated over the baseline - others prefer the side-line. Some prefer the sun, others prefer the shade. As such, it is not uncommon for tennis fans to buy Debenture Tickets well in advance of May, and then exchange tickets with other Debenture Ticket holders after seat allocation.
Secure your place at the 2023 Championships now
We currently have Wimbledon Debenture Tickets available to buy for Centre Court and No.1 Court, for every day of the 2023 Championships.
To get the ball rolling:
Green & Purple client benefits: Travel pass for travel to and from Wimbledon, Assistance with dining reservations in Debenture restaurants, Specialist team on hand to discuss queries or advice.
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