Aegon Classic Birmingham Event Guide | Tennis in Britain

2017 Event Guide

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Accessibility

Wheelchair Spaces

  • There are a number of wheelchair spaces available on Centre Court which provide space for one wheelchair user accompanied by a carer. Please note that the carer/companion ticket is complimentary. Tickets can be purchased online.

Please see Parking for information on disabled car parking.

Accessible Toilets

  • There are accessible toilets in the grounds. These are located at the back of Centre court by Court 1l 

Assistance Dogs

  • No dogs are allowed in the venue, except for registered guide dogs. Registered guide dogs are only allowed in the disabled areas on Centre Court. Individuals wishing to access Centre Court with their registered guide dog must buy a ticket for the disabled area.

 

Babies and children

The following babies and child policy applies to the Aegon Classic Birmingham

Babes in arms and Children under 5

  • A ticket is not required for those under 5.
  • Babes in arms and children under 5 year old are NOT allowed on Ann Jones Centre Court..
  • Prams and strollers are not permitted in the grandstand seating and cannot be left unattended. Please note there are no left luggage facilities.
  • We recommend that babes in arms and prams/ strollers are not brought to the Aegon Classic Birmingham as the grounds are crowded and we are unable to provide specific facilities.

Children 5 and Over

  • A ticket is required.
  • Children in this category are allowed to access all courts provided they do not disturb other spectators.

NOTE: Children under 16 years MUST be accompanied by an adult at ALL times and if gaining access to the Ann Jones Centre Court must have their own seat and do not disturb other spectators.

Bikes

A public bicycle rack is available for free, but at the owner's risk. It is located to the left hand side of the on site Box Office. Bicycles left in other areas will be removed by the Police.

Balls

Tennis balls used during Tournament matches can be purchased from the sports retail unit - please see the site map.

Cash machines

There are no cash machines located on site at the Grounds.

Catering

Onsite public catering will provide by Amadeus, who will offer a wide range of hot and cold food and beverage.

Choices of food and refreshments are available at various locations including a BBQ zone, public catering marquee, public bar marquee, and a mobile concession stand (more details to follow in due course).

Conditions of entry

Please refer to the full ticket terms and conditions for complete conditions of entry.

Spectators are 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), glass bottles, 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.
  • Any objects or clothing bearing political statements or commercial identification intended for ‘ambush marketing’, including items or objects given away as part of a promotional or marketing campaign by the third parties near to the Grounds;
  • Spray paints or other items which could in the opinion of the AELTC be used to sabotage or damage property;
  • ‘Selfie sticks’ or equivalent.
  • Alcohol may be brought into the Grounds but is limited to the equivalent of one bottle of wine or Champagne (750ml) or two cans of beer (500ml) or two cans of premixed aperitifs per person. Bottles of spirits or fortified wines will not be allowed into the Grounds.

Courtside etiquette

  • 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.

Draw sizes

The tournament operates a 32 player singles draw in qualifying, a 32 player singles main draw, and 16 team doubles draw.

Dress code

There is no dress code at the Tournament, though we would advise patrons to consider the weather conditions as the Aegon Classic Birmingham is an outdoor event.

First Aid

The On Set Medical Support Services runs the on site first aid post. In addition, there is also an on-site doctor in attendance.

Getting here & travel advice

Please visit the Getting Here webpage for travel advice to the Aegon Classic Birmingham which is held at Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham.

Left luggage

Unfortunately there is no left luggage facility on site. Spectators may not bring a bag larger than 16” x 12” x 12” (40cm x 30cm x 30cm) into the tournament site. For spectator safety all bags are subject to inspection by our security team and are brought to the tournament at the owner’s risk.

Please note that whilst prams and strollers are permitted into the grounds, they are not permitted in the grandstand seating and cannot be left unattended.

Lost property

General lost property will be taken to The Edgbaston Priory Club reception. For any items lost in the stand, please ask an Aegon steward or visit the reception desk by the main entrance

Parking

Venue Address

Sir Harrys Rd, Birmingham B15 2UZ.

Car Park Tickets

Parking is available to the general public at the Priory School grounds off Sir Harry’s Road adjacent to the Edgbaston Priory Club (Saturday 17 June - Sunday 25 June). The prices are for all motorised vehicles:

  • Qualifying weekend: £5
  • Main draw: £10
  • Weekly ticket: £50

There are only a limited number of spaces, allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Disabled Car Parking

Disabled Car Parking spaces are available with easy access to the main entrance to the tournament.  Spaces for disabled parking must be booked in advance by sending an email to emma.balfour-evans@lta.org.uk with the following details:

  • Blue badge numbers
  • Car make
  • Car registration
  • Contact details (telephone / email)

Please note there is no charge for these spaces. 

Players

The player entry list for the Aegon Classic Birmingham will be announced in due course.

Schedule of play

Spectators are politely reminded that tickets are issued to view such matches as may be played on the designated day, and that the Order and times of Play are subject to change at the discretion of the Tournament, please see schedule (1) in the full ticket terms and conditions for more details.

Please note: gates open at 10am daily.

Date

Play starts

Provisional match schedule

Provisional courts in use

Saturday 17June

11:00am

Qualifying

Centre, Court 1,2,3,4

Sunday 18 June

11:00am

Qualifying

Centre, Court 1 and 2

Monday 19 June

11:00am

Qualifying, Main draw singles and doubles

Centre, Court 1,2,3,4

Tuesday 20 June

11:00am

Main draw singles and doubles

Centre, Court 1 and 2

Wednesday 21 June

11:30am

Main draw singles and doubles

Centre, Court 1

Thursday 22 June

11:30am

Main draw singles and doubles

Centre, Court 1

Friday 23 June

11:30am

Main draw singles and doubles

Centre, Court 1

Saturday 24 June

11:30am

Main draw singles and doubles

Centre

Sunday 25 June

1:30pm

Main draw singles and doubles final

  Centre

Please note the order and times of play are subject to change at the discretion of the Tournament Organisers. 

Site Map

Download the Aegon Classic Birmingham site map to help get around the tournament. 

Venue Information

Aegon Classic Grounds Workers

(Pictured left to right - Tom Day, Sue Lawrence, John Lawrence, Dave Lawrence, Anthony Knight, Steven Whitfield)

Led by Grounds Manager Dave Lawrence, and Assistant (and son) John, the Edgbaston Priory Club grounds team is responsible for the preparation of the eight championship standard grass tennis courts used for the Aegon Classic Birmingham. Preparation for the following years tournament begins as soon as the previous edition has ended, with courts being renovated to ensure they are in pristine condition for the commencement of the Championships.

In the final weeks leading up to the event, the team lives on site, sometimes as much as eight weeks in advance, to ensure they are available to adjust to the weather 24/7 so that the courts play to their optimum level. The team is also responsible for the upkeep of the clubs 14 acres of surrounding grounds, ensuring a pleasant and picturesque environment for the worlds best players to compete and the public to watch.