Wimbledon is one of the most reputed tournaments of the calendar with top players bidding to win the title. Keeping aside the entertaining and jaw dropping turn of events it showcases on its green turf, Wimbledon has a double-faced side, a face that only a few are aware of. The Wimbledon authorities are very well known for displaying their greediness by hiking the ticket prices to their very max, especially if their hero – Andy Murray is in contention to reach the finals. We take a look at some of the Wimbledon Ticket Prices that could bankrupt a person!
Case 1 – Andy Murray Vs Novak Djokovic Final (2013)
One of the most notable example was in 2013, when England was about to witness the very first Brit since 1936, in Andy Murray to lift the Wimbledon title in an historic moment. Murray played out Jerzy Janowicz in a tense match , winning it 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3.
Since then, the searches for ticket pricig and availability soared its peak as the Murray fans were desperate to watch their favourite lift the title. According to Viagogo, an online ticket-booking website, they believed the ticket prices to hit a maximum high of 71,000 pounds for a pair to get a seat on the stands.
“At the moment, the top price of a pair of tickets stands at £71,000 but we expect to see this ceiling smashed ahead of Sunday’s final as Murray supporters from far and wide snatch up the last available tickets.”
If the reports are to be believed, Viagogo hit its ultimate high that year earning 40,000 pounds/pair of tickets that year, including the handling fees. The prices took a surge by a staggering 400% after Murray’s triumph in the semis. The ticket pricing started at 4,400 pounds for the final and went as high as 24,000 pounds for a ticket. But soon looking at the increasing demand, cases of illegal selling of tickets started poping up where-in the site Viagogo was accused of illegaly selling the tickets in black.
What’s even more intriguing is that the finals ticket in the official Wimbledon ballot held a price tag of mere 260 pounds. This is almost 165 times less than the prices at which the tickets were being sold to the fans.
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Case 2- Andy Murray Vs Milos Raonic Finals (2016)
2016 noticed another high priced ticket vending for the finals. Initially the prices started off with as low as 3,080 pounds i.e. before the semi-finals.
But as soon as the Brit reserved his place in the finals, the prices, as usual, hit their staggering high, with the 3,080 pound ticket selling for as much as £21,750/pair.
These cases were mainly accounted by the Wimbledon Debenture Holders, the people who pay £27,750 beforehand, to reserve their seat on the center-court for every match. The holders are officially the only people who are given the right to sell their tickets in the open market. The debenture holders who paid £27,750 for all their tickets were seen demanding as high as £21,750/pair from the desperate fans for that match.
“It’s all about Andy Murray – his performances determine demand and price surges.”
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Case 3 – Andy Murray Vs Andy Roddick Semi-Finals (2009)
2009, the year that marked the 15th Grand Slam title for the legend Roger Federer. The same scenario was put up but this time not in the finals but even before the semi-finals when the tickets were being sold at £20,000 on the black market to watch Andy Murray in the semis. Word in the rumour mill was the prices were likely to be sky-rocketed given the Brit enters the finals that year.
The tickets that were being sold at £1,500 before Murray’s game, suddenly hit a staggering rise by upto 180%. The debenture holders were selling the tickets for as much as £10,878 on Viagogo website. A statement on the website says anyone who purchases tickets on the site will receive a 100 per cent refund if Murray wins the title.
“Before Murray’s game yesterday tickets for the semi-finals were trading for an average of £1,500. In the few hours after he won, the price rocketed by 180 per cent. If he wins his semi-final, tickets for the final are sure be well in excess of £10,000 and may even be closer to £20,000. We have never seen anything like this and we could be set for a UK record for the most expensive tickets ever bought.”
eBay saw people selling a pair of £100 tickets for £2,050 and some even for £6,950/pair.
“Without the financial returns of the debenture system few, if any, of the capital projects at Wimbledon would have been possible.”
With these few of the many instances of the Wimbledon ticket-pricing breaking their own previous records, it would be keen to see as to what new surprises unfolds next for the fans this year. Will the fans need to break the bank to enjoy the matches ? Only time could tell us that as the Wimbledon 2017 edges nearer day by day increasing the excitement in each and every moment that passes by.