Do’s and Don’ts When Attending Wimbledon
There are few sports venues in the world that are as famous as Wimbledon. The tournament has been held since 1877 and has given us some of the most memorable moments in sports history. Lots of the mystique around Wimbledon has nothing to do with the sport, however. A large part of it has to do with the decorum and tradition. This is why going to watch a match at Wimbledon isn’t like anything else. If you want to enjoy and fully be part of the experience, there are some things you need to avoid. There are also things you’ll need to prepare for when watching matches at the arena. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts when attending Wimbledon.
Do – Bring Sunscreen
You need to be prepared to stay hours under the hot sun when watching a match at Wimbledon. Matches are often held around midday, which is when the sun is at its harshest. This is why you need to bring plenty of protection with you. Make sure that you bring SPF 50+ sunscreen with you. It would also be a good idea to bring a hat to block the sun. However, be careful that you don’t bring one of those large brimmed hats since these are a big no-no. Go for something like a baseball cap or outback hat. Straw hats have also been seen at tournaments, but you have to be sure that they can handle a drizzle as only the centre court has a roof.
Don’t – Go There Misinformed
If you’re not familiar with tennis, you will need to do some homework before you leave. We suggest you watch tennis live as much as you can. Get to know the top players and who their main rivals are. Know who’s in a hot streak and who is slowly declining. We also suggest that you look at the crowd and how they react. This will give you a better idea of the kind of ambiance you can expect.
Do – Bring Water
As we said earlier, games are often played at times when the sun is at its highest, and having one or a few bottles of water could save your life. While alcoholic beverages and other drinks are sold at Wimbledon, you don’t want to have to leave your seat in the middle of an exciting match so you can stand in line for a thirst quencher. So, we suggest you tuck a few bottles in your bag. We also suggest that you freeze some of them so you can have cold water all day.
Don’t – Be Afraid to Bring Your Own Food
While bringing outside food is usually frowned upon in sports venues, it is very common in Wimbledon. There are some vendors, but these can be expensive, so don’t hesitate to bring a cooler full of goodies and fresh drinks with you.
If you are getting ready to visit Wimbledon for the first time, make sure that you follow these few tips. You’ll feel right at home and will be able to enjoy seeing some of the best players in the world in their element.