Wimbledon: Steep Ticket Prices
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Wimbledon is the most unique tennis tournament in the world. Since 1877 the grounds have been crowning champions on the original turf for the sport. Grass. The 100% Perennial Ryegrass used for the courts is cut to 8 mm which is considered optimal playing condition for a grass court. The grass choice has changed over time but in 2001 this strain was chosen for its durability. The soil stays bone dry to allow for 13 straight days of tennis. Daily maintenance is necessary for each court including mowing and relining. Even the slightest bit of rain can postpone a day of this event.
What does it take to win at Wimbledon? First it takes an all white outfit. Official rules of the club will not allow anyone to play if their clothing does not match this requirement. A player must be able to play like a champion but not just any kind of champion. If someone wins Wimbledon once, their name could appear in the same sentence as McEnroe, Sampras, Billy Jean King, the Williams Sisters, Nadal, Federer, Agassi, Sharapova and Bjorn Borg. Sampras won 7 times at Wimbledon. Federer and Borg both won 5 straight titles at Wimbledon. Tough crowd to be a part of. To top it off Wimbledon will be the site for the 2012 Olympics, the oldest most prestigious set of games in the world. They are actually allowing players to wear their country’s colors and not all white.
Getting tickets for Wimbledon is easy but comes at a price.
|Date||Low||Avg. Listing Price||High|
|7/3/2011 10:00 a.m||$2,858.00||$6,154.00||$8,869.00|
|7/3/2011 1:00 p.m||$7,049.00||$7,049.00||$7,049.00|
The chart goes with the graph and shows the exact amounts. These stats from the secondary ticket market showing how much each day costs. The lack of variation in the data for the 1:00 p.m slow is due to there only being 1 set of tickets available for that price. Granted these tickets are high, the money spent goes towards seeing the best of the best play in the oldest, most recognized tennis arena and atmosphere around the world.
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