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About Wimbledon Debentures

Debenture seats are the finest tickets on Centre Court and Number One Court offering an unrivalled view of the tennis and is your guarantee of a preferred reserved seating location throughout your day at Wimbledon. Your ticket is valid for the entire day and also gives you access to all outside courts, on a first come-first served basis, with the exception of the show courts, which require separate tickets.

Debenture tickets are also the only Wimbledon tickets that are freely transferable and can be sold on the open market. A policy which is strongly enforced against unapproved transfers of other types of tickets. All tickets purchased through TicketsToWimbledon.com are Debentures and are 100% genuine and guaranteed. "Non-Debenture" tickets are only be valid if purchased from The All England Lawn Tennis Club or by one of its licensed and authorised outlets. The purchase of "Non-Debenture" tickets is done so on a "Buyer-Beware" basis, but the simple rule is "Only Buy Debenture Tickets".

Debenture tickets also give you access to Debenture Holders' lounges, bars and restaurants (subject to availability) as well as use of the Debenture Holders' Entrance in to the Grounds.

Debentures are the source from which The All England Lawn Tennis Ground plc, the company which owns the Club's grounds, derives its funds to meet capital expenditure. The company issues debentures for Centre Court and No.1 Court every five years to fund the continuing development of the facilities at the grounds for the benefit of all participants. Without the financial commitment of the debenture holders, few, if any, of the capital projects at Wimbledon, such as the Centre Court roof and planned No.1 Court roof, would have been possible.

Centre Court Debentures
Centre Court debentures cover periods of five years. For each debenture held, debenture holders receive a ticket for a seat on Centre Court for each day of The Championships for the relevant period. The 2016-2020 Centre Court Debentures were priced at 50,000 (including nominal and VAT).

No.1 Court Debentures
Each Debenture entitles holder to a reserved seat in the new No. 1 Court for the first 10 days of The Championships for each of the five years. First introduced in 1996 prior to the opening of the new No.1 Court in 1997. The 2017-2021 No.1 Court Debentures were priced at 31,000 (including nominal and VAT).

A Brief History of Debentures
The original Debentures were issued in 1920 and helped finance the purchase and development of the current site of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. During the years immediately prior to the First World War, the All England Club considerably expanded the facilities at the Worple Road ground to meet the growing demand of the public, by increasing the capacity of the Centre Court and purchasing adjacent houses and gardens. Even so, when the tournament resumed after the War, in 1919, the grounds still could not cope with the greater than ever crowds and, as further expansion was not possible, the Club sought new premises.

In June 1920, the Club formed the 'Ground' Company, primarily with the objective of acquiring 13 acres of freehold land at Wimbledon Park, Surrey (the present site of the Club), and to develop the grounds for the purpose of staging The Lawn Tennis Championships and other competitions. To raise the capital required, the 'Ground' Company raised 75,000 by the issue of 'A' and 'B' Debentures at 50 each. The 'A' Debentures carried an interest rate of 7% per annum, redeemable on or before August 1947, and also conferred on the holder the right to purchase one seat in the Centre Court Stand for each day of The Championship meetings, up to and including 1947, at the prices current at such meetings. The 'B' Debentures carried no interest but conferred upon the holder the right, without payment, to one seat in the Centre Court Stand for a similar period. The Debenture issue was oversubscribed and increased to 100,000.

Due to the Second World War, the Debentures were extended by six years until the end of the 1953 Championships. In 1948, existing holders were offered the opportunity of extending their rights until the 1959 Championships with a new issue of 2,100 Debentures at 50 each. Money was required to effect repairs to the Club's premises, including bomb damage, none having been carried out for nine years, and to improve the Centre Court and catering facilities. So the process has continued and apart from one year only, 1960, Debentures have been issued every five years.

Since the late 1970's, income from Debentures has funded many major works programmes to provide greater facilities for the players, spectators, officials and media, such as:

  • Raising of the Centre Court roof and the construction of a new Debenture Holders' Lounge on the north side of the Centre Court.
  • Members' Enclosure made a permanent building.
  • No.1 Court Competitors' Complex rebuilt.
  • East Side Centre Court Building constructed.
  • New two-storey pavilion in Aorangi Park.
  • Three new covered courts built.
  • Centre Court North Building extended to provide greater accommodation for Debenture Holders and offices.
  • Replacement of Centre Court roof.
  • 2009 : Centre Court Redevelopment.
  • 2011 : No. 1 Court debenture balconies.


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