On the day
Here's everything you need to know to make your visit to the Rothesay Classic Birmingham as enjoyable as possible.
We want the Rothesay Classic Birmingham to be as welcoming, inclusive and accessible as possible, working within the restrictions of a temporary outdoor venue.
For full details on wheelchair spaces, accessible food & drink areas, toilets, assistance dogs and disabled car parking, head to our dedicated accessibility info page below:
The Rothesay Classic Birmingham is a cashless event with all outlets accepting credit and debit card payments.
There are no cash machines located within the grounds.
You're prohibited from bringing in the following:
- Any item which may be interpreted as a potential weapon, including sharp or pointed objects (e.g. knives, large corkscrews), pyrotechnics and 'personal protection' sprays.
- Bags larger than 16’’ x 12’’ x 12’’ (40cm x 30cm x 30cm).
- Large flags (max. 2’x2’/60cm x 60cm) banners, rattles, klaxons, oversized hats or any items causing an obstruction or nuisance.
- All promotional, commercial, political or religious items of whatever nature, including but not limited to banners, signs, symbols, marketing materials and leaflets (unless expressly authorised by the LTA).
- Spectators are advised that the use of laptops, professional video equipment is not permitted on site. Photographic equipment with lenses of more than 300mm, when extended, is not permitted on site.
Check out the full ticket terms and conditions for complete conditions of entry.
To ensure players and fans have the best possible experience at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham, we have set the following guidelines for when you are in and around the courts:
- Please keep noise to a minimum during play.
- Please don’t leave your seat unless Players are at the bench.
- Mobile phones must be switched off in the vicinity of the courts.
- Please be respectful of those around you by ensuring that you do not obstruct their view or cause any unnecessary inconvenience.
- Flash photography is strictly forbidden in the stands.
- Photographic equipment with lenses of more than 300mm, when extended, is not permitted on site.
- No smoking on court. Only smoking allowed in the designated smoking area.
Gates will open to the public at 10am from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, gates will open at 11am.
First Aid and medical provision will be provided during the tournament and can be found at the Ambulance loctaed behind the West stand of Centre Court.
Check out the Site Map or ask a Volunteer Steward on site for more information.
To find out about the food and drink options available, please visit our Rothesay Classic Birmingham food and drink page.
As part of our goal of Tennis Opened Up and to make tennis as inclusive a sport as possible, we want to reiterate our ongoing support during Pride Month for LGBTQ+ communities across the country, and highlight that our events, along with the sport as a whole, are safe, inclusive and open spaces where people can be their authentic selves.
That’s why every friday of our major events in 2023 will once again host ‘Friday Pride Days’. These events place a special focus on Pride and act as a platform to raise visibility and awareness of LGBTQ+ inclusion in tennis.
We’d love it if as many people as possible attending the Rothesay Classic brought as much colour as they can to Edgbaston Priory. Whether it’s simply wearing rainbow laces or a wristband, or wearing your brightest, most colourful t-shirt or pair of trousers, it would be fantastic if you could show your colours in support of Pride.
Volunteers from the Pride in Tennis network will be on-site throughout the day, to answer any questions fans have about Pride celebrations or what you can do to show support as allies of LGBTQ+ communities.
Unfortunately, there is no left luggage facility on site. You may not bring a bag larger than 16” x 12” x 12” (40cm x 30cm x 30cm) into the grounds. For your safety, all bags are subject to inspection by our security team and are brought to the tournament at the owner’s risk.
Read our conditions of entry for guidance on what is prohibited on site.
General lost property will be taken to the Box Office. For any items lost in the stand please speak to one of the Volunteer Stewards.
More information on the Rothesay Classic Birmingham merchandise will be available soon.
You can beat the queues at the venue and pre-purchase a commemorative programme which features exclusive content on the 2023 Rothesay Classic! You will then be able to collect your programme when you arrive.
If you wish to leave and re-enter the grounds you will need to collect a wristband from a Security team member on exiting the grounds. In order to be re-admitted you will need to show both the wristband and a valid ticket.
The safety and security of everyone involved in the tournament are very important to us. Our security plans are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain in line with the latest threat level and recommendations from our security advisors.
We have a range of measures in place to keep you safe and secure. These include extensively trained security staff, bag searches on entry, monitored CCTV, as well as other less visible measures.
During the tournament, we would ask everyone arriving to arriving at the Edgbaston Priory Club to remain patient, follow the instructions given by our Security Stewards and allow plenty of time for entry checks. Don’t risk bringing items or baggage which won’t be allowed into the grounds. You can find full details of prohibited items in the terms and conditions. Please check our website for further updates and information before your visit.
Smoking, which includes e-cigarettes, is strictly prohibited within the stands of any court and in all areas covered by legislation. Those wishing to smoke within the venue must do so only in the designated smoking area provided within the Grounds, located behind the West Stand.
Watch out, watch out… Sunburn’s about!
Nobody wants sunburn; however, it can catch you out, especially when your focused on sporting activities. To help protect fans and raise awareness of the dangers of sunburn while watching our grass court summer events, we're a supporter of the ‘Sunguarding Sport’ campaign run by the Melanoma fund.
Although annoying, unsightly, and painful, the danger of sunburn goes far beyond the redness and discomfort. It accelerates skin ageing and is a leading cause of skin cancer. The best way to avoid it is to be mindful, that during summer, sunburn is lurking, but is easily dealt with by using sun protection.
Sunburn is a visible reaction of the skin's exposure to the sun’s UV rays. The signs of a sunburn may not appear for a few hours and are typically at worse, 24 to 36 hours after sun exposure. The redness and soreness are a sign your body is repairing the damaged skin. How long symptoms last depends on its severity of the sunburn.
- Mild: Redness and some pain. This last three to five days.
- Moderate: Red, swollen skin, and hot to the touch. This can take about a week to heal completely.
- Severe: Painful blistering or very red skin. This can take up to two weeks to fully recover.
Three is the magic number
UV rays cannot be seen or felt, and so we can all be caught out, especially on overcast days. To be sure, use sun protection when the UV Index is 3 or over. You can check this on your phone and act accordingly.
Remember, sunburn is no laughing matter! Even a single incidence can increase your risk for developing skin cancer, especially in younger people, so do the right thing, protect skin with clothing and SPF30+ sunscreen on all exposed skin, before you start any outdoor activity or if you are out in the sun watching tennis, and reapply frequently.
We’ve introduced mobile ticketing for all our events to make it easier than ever to manage and use your tickets. For a guide on how our mobile tickets work, please visit our ticketing information page.
There are toilet facilities, including accessible toilets, located behind the West Stand of the Centre Court. Speak to one of our tournament Volunteers if you require any assistance.
Our Volunteers are present throughout the tournament grounds. They are there to help you find your way around; provide any information you need to enjoy your visit and to keep you safe. They are always on the look-out for people who may need assistance, so don’t be surprised if they pop up to say hello if you look lost. Please do ask them if you need any assistance.