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Shaded Seats at Wimbledon Centre Court

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Centre Court stands as the historic heart of the Wimbledon Championships. It’s an iconic tennis venue and is a must-visit for tennis enthusiasts. London may not be the hottest city in the world but Wimbledon takes place in the heart of summer when days are long and the sun shines bright. Tennis fans looking to maximize comfort during the tournament can use this guide to find the optimal shaded seats at Centre Court.

Where are the seats in the shade at Wimbledon Centre Court?

The seats in the shade at Wimbledon Centre Court are typically found in:

  • Baseline, South Side: Shaded early in the afternoon
  • Sideline, West Side: Begins to receive shade by late afternoon
  • Under Cover: 500-level sections are covered and shaded

The Grounds at the All England Club open daily at 10:00 AM during The Championships, but matches at Centre Court don’t begin until 1:30 PM. Mid-summer sunset in London isn’t until after 9:00 PM. That’s over eight hours of tennis action taking place while the sun is shining brightly.

In 2009, a retractable roof was added to Centre Court. The roof’s primary function is more like an umbrella, allowing play to continue during rain. If there’s no rain in the forecast, expect the roof to be open with the sun shining through.

Wimbledon Centre Court Orientation to the Sun

Centre Court is oriented northwest to southeast. When play begins at 1:30 PM, the sun is high above the south stands. Throughout the afternoon, it gradually dips behind the west side of the stadium, setting near the northwest corner. This orientation makes the south side of the stadium the “shade side” early in the day and the west side shady later in the afternoon. Sections on the north and east sides of the stadium are the “sunny sides,” though rows farthest from the court may still be shaded if they are under cover.

The graphic below shows the approximate sun location on July 1st.

How to Buy Tickets

Most Wimbledon tickets are heavily controlled and available via the Public Ballot, queueing, and hospitality packages. Debenture tickets are exclusive premium seats and the only tickets that can be legally resold through authorized sellers or secondary marketplaces like StubHub.

Seats and Sections in the Sun and Shade at Wimbledon Championship Matches

Centre Court features a unique design with seating areas arranged in an oval-like shape around the court. A retractable roof, supported by a rectangular frame, covers the 500-level sections. Seats at this level are the farthest from the court but have the advantage of being shaded throughout the entire day due to the roof frame providing direct cover.

Photo that shows the view of Wimbledon Centre Court from seats that are far enough back form the court that they are covered by the roof frame.

Seats in 500-level sections are covered and shaded.
Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Actionplus/Icon Sportswire

Debenture seats are primarily located in the 200-level at Centre Court, with a few extending into the front rows of the 300-level. These seats offer some of the best views and are close enough to the court that they are not under the direct cover of the roof frame. If you’re planning to splurge on debenture seats, it’s worth knowing whether your section will be in the sun or the shade to maximize your Wimbledon experience.

For those arriving in time for the first match of the day at 1:30 PM, the sun will be near its highest point in the sky when the match begins. Seats in the 500-level are safe from the sun as they are under direct cover. Closer to the court, seats in southwest sections 201-202 and 301-303 are the best bet for shade. The Royal Box will also start the afternoon primarily in the shade, although if you’re reading this article, the chances that you have access to the Royal Box are slim.

Early in the afternoon, sideline sections and north baseline sections will be in the path of the sun. If you’re planning to sit on the sideline, the west side is the better bet for shade. By mid-to-late afternoon, the position of the sun will shift, and tennis fans in sections 101-106 and 203-205 will experience shade with the sun at their backs. However, fans on the east sideline will be in the path of the sun.

Photo that shows which seats are in the shade and which seats are in the sun during an afternoon tennis match at Wimbledon Centre Court.

By mid-afternoon seats on the west sideline (right) and behind the baselines are shaded while seats on the east sideline (left) stay sunny the longest.
Ben Queenborough / Alamy Stock Photo

By the evening hours, most sections at Centre Court, including those on the east sideline, are shaded. However, as the sun rotates around the stadium, sections that were shaded earlier in the day start to receive splashes of sun. Specifically, sections 210-212 will receive a direct hit of sun in the evening hours before sunset. Even the Royal Box will experience some rays late in the day.

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2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 1st Round (Centre Court)
Mon, Jul 01 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 1st Round (Centre Court)
Tue, Jul 02 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 2nd Round (Centre Court)
Wed, Jul 03 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 2nd Round (Centre Court)
Thu, Jul 04 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 3rd Round (Centre Court)
Fri, Jul 05 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 3rd Round (Centre Court)
Sat, Jul 06 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 4th Round (Centre Court)
Sun, Jul 07 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 4th Round (Centre Court)
Mon, Jul 08 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Quarter Finals (Centre Court)
Tue, Jul 09 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Quarter Finals (Centre Court)
Wed, Jul 10 (1:30pm)

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2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 1st Round (Centre Court)
Mon, Jul 01 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 1st Round (Centre Court)
Tue, Jul 02 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 2nd Round (Centre Court)
Wed, Jul 03 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 2nd Round (Centre Court)
Thu, Jul 04 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 3rd Round (Centre Court)
Fri, Jul 05 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 3rd Round (Centre Court)
Sat, Jul 06 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 4th Round (Centre Court)
Sun, Jul 07 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen's and Ladies' Singles 4th Round (Centre Court)
Mon, Jul 08 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Quarter Finals (Centre Court)
Tue, Jul 09 (1:30pm)

2024 Wimbledon - Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Quarter Finals (Centre Court)
Wed, Jul 10 (1:30pm)

How to Buy Tickets

Most Wimbledon tickets are heavily controlled and available via the Public Ballot, queueing, and hospitality packages. Debenture tickets are exclusive premium seats and the only tickets that can be legally resold through authorized sellers or secondary marketplaces like StubHub.

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