Wimbledon announces record attendance at 2022 event
Wimbledon has announced that its 2022 event was the most attended in the tournament’s 145-year history, breaking the previous record held by the 2009 event.
The All England Club says 2022 attendance reached 515,164 over the course of the tournament fortnight, about 3,000 more than the 511,043 that attended in 2009.
The extra day of play on the middle Sunday, historically a rest day at Wimbledon, no doubt carried the event to this record.
What would normally be a 13-day tournament at SW19 was extended to 14 days for the first time in 2022.
However, a shortfall in expected ground pass sales has also been noted by the All England Club.
“Demand for all our show court tickets is as high as it has ever been,” All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton said according to The Telegraph. “Where demand is softer is at the end of the queue.
“It’s ground tickets that would usually be sold from lunchtime onwards. The world has changed. All of our behaviours have changed.
“For many years we were challenged with excessive numbers of people joining the queue and being able to accommodate them in the park. We have this delicate balance of promoting the queue but not finding ourselves where we are turning people away.”
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