Eastbourne’s mini-Wimbledon: The intimate experience
2013 AEGON International | 15-22 June
Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park offers visitors a real tennis feast with the first ever combined tournaments. This is the largest grass court professional tennis event outside Wimbledon, which follows immediately after the 2013 AEGON International.
And with the tournament so massive this year, the bars, hotels, restaurants and shops are going to benefit from an influx of visitors.
Ticket prices vary according to the type and on Centre Court are priced in three categories, which are more expensive the closer you are to the action. Whereas, ground tickets are very reasonably priced and suit for those who prefer the more intimate experience and excitement away from the Centre Court.
CAR PARKS | Locals attempt to cash in during the tennis event by charging £10 and upwards to park on their property.
Beware of the claims the money is going to charity, although some may be genuine.
The best bet is to use the three official car parks, as they are all linked to Devonshire Park by a special shuttle service bus during the tournament. There are two NCP car parks, situated at Ashford Road and Trinity Place, plus a special makeshift car park at the Saffrons Cricket Ground in Meads Road.
OFF-ROAD PARKING | Parking is always at a premium during the popular tournament, and has been much more difficult to claim a space in 2011.
With the men’s ATP Tour playing alongside the women’s Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, there will – in theory – be twice as many vehicles as previous years when only the ladies event was played.
Parking restrictions have been imposed in Eastbourne town centre since early 2009. The parking enforcement officers will be out in force to swiftly deal with anyone dumping their vehicles on double yellow lines and/or private properties – you’ve been warned!