Which are the Best Seats at the Wimbledon Championship?
By Ed C
Updated 15th December 2021
The Royal Box on Centre Court is generally regarded as the best place to sit at The Championships. Unless you are a former champion, an Olympic Gold Medallist or, of course, a member of the Royal Family, then tickets for these seats are nearly impossible to come by.
We explain the other seating options at the Tournament, to help you get the most out of your day.
Which seats offer the best views?
Wimbledon Debenture Tickets are the most sought-after tickets at the Wimbledon Championships. Seats reserved for Debenture Ticket holders usually offer the best views of the action:
- On Centre Court, Debenture Tickets seats have historically been assigned to the front 14 rows rows (A-N) – the same tier as the Royal Box. A small number of Debenture Tickets seats are now also located in the 300s tier.
- On No.1 Court, Debenture Tickets seats are on the front 17 rows (A-Q).
Most of these Debenture Ticket seats are at a 45 degree angle to the court, offering what is widely regarded as the best perspective to watch tennis live.
This doesn't mean that you won't get a great view of the action seated elsewhere. There are also corporate hospitality tickets, tickets issued in the Public Ballot, tickets assigned to local clubs, tickets for those who brave the Wimbledon Queue and Ground Passes. It gets confusing quickly.
With so many options available for tickets and seats, it can be hard to decide which one will give you the best experience.
Can I choose my seats at the Championships?
If you won a ticket in the Public Ballot or you braved the Wimbledon Queue, you can't choose your seat. You can either accept or reject the seat you are offered. With Public Ballot tickets you, won't even be able to choose the day.
If you have a Debenture Ticket, you have a guaranteed seat on each day of the Championships on either Centre Court or No.1 Court. Although your seats will be on the same tier as the Royal Box, whether you end up sitting over the side-line or baseline is a lottery, drawn each year by the Debenture Office.
Debenture Ticket seats are allocated, and Debenture holders notified, in May before the Tournament.
Once the seat numbers have been assigned, Debenture Tickets can be bought and sold with the benefit of knowing the seat number.
This means that (after seat allocation) it is possible for those wanting to buy a Debenture Ticket, to choose which court, which day and which seat they prefer.
The market for Debenture seats is active all year round. The demand and price of tickets tends to increase as the Tournament approaches. Canny Debenture ticket buyers will often buy a ticket earlier in the year and swap it for their preferred seat with another ticket holder, once the seats have been allocated.
What is the difference between Wimbledon's 19 courts?
The Championships take place across all 19 Grass Champion Courts (Centre Court and Courts 1-18). As the Tournament progresses, matches will be played on fewer of the outside courts as players are knocked out.
The most sought after courts are the Show Courts which are Centre Court, No.1 Court, No.2 Court, No.3 Court, No.12 Court, and No.18 Court. Seats on Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court are the most prized - offering the best chance of seeing the world's highest seeded players.
The main court is Centre Court and the most prestigious matches, such as the finals, are played on it. If you're looking for a more intimate experience, No.1 Court and No.2 Court have a smaller capacity, and tickets are easier (relatively) to come by.
It's about the tennis
Although there are differing levels of luxury and prestige associated with the various Courts, most fans are there to watch some world-class tennis.
Without doubt you have a better chance of seeing highly seeded players if you have a Debenture Ticket for Centre Court. If you are lucky, you could still end up watching the top players with a Ground Pass, which lets you access the Wimbledon Grounds and Unreserved Courts.
The Unreserved Courts (Courts 3 to 18) are outdoor courts that host a variety of matches throughout the Tournament. You could see highly ranked players on the Unreserved Courts – especially in the first week of the Championships.
Many of the seats on these courts are at a side view, so these seats often don’t offer the best perspective, and it can be tricky to follow the rallies from that view due to the speed of the modern game.
Other things to consider
Which seats are in the shade
The Wimbledon tennis courts are all north-south aligned, so the players don't have the sun in their eyes for the majority of the day.
The areas of Centre Court that are in the shade can vary depending on the time of day and the position of the sun. Generally speaking, the seats that are located on the east side of the stadium (the side opposite the main entrance) tend to be in the shade during the morning, while the seats on the west side tend to be in the shade in the afternoon.
Seats in the upper levels of the stadium will have more shade than the seats on the lower levels.
If, as a spectator, you want to keep out of the sun during the afternoon's play, try and get a side-line seat on the West Side, as it will be mostly in the shade on the main courts.
If you are a sun worshipper, a side-line seat on the East Side might be more suitable.
Baseline seats, or seats on the angle, could be preferable for those looking to avoid 'Wimbledon Neck'. Anyone who has sat with a side-line view for a 5 set marathon at the Championships (such as in 2019 when Federer vs Djokovic lasted for 4 hours and 58 minutes time) will be familiar with the stiff neck symptoms the day after.
Sitting on the angles may offer the best compromise here you can find some shade (or sun), without needing to oscillate your head back and forth throughout the afternoon's play.
Aisle or mid-row
You may have other concerns when choosing a seat. Most people prefer an aisle seat which allows you to come and go without disturbing fellow spectators. Aisle (Debenture) seats tend to command a premium, however, so if you are not bothered go for a mid-row seat.
The proximity of the amenities, such as restaurants, toilets and changing facilities, may also be worth bearing in mind.
There are a number of reserved spaces for wheelchair users on Centre Court, No.1 Court and No.2 Court. If you have a ticket and you need access to a wheelchair space, you can call the Ticket Office on 020 8971 2473.
The main grass level of the Aorangi Terrace has a good view of the Large Screen has ramped access and a reserved wheelchair area.
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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