But there is a backdoor onto Centre Court. About 2,500 seats are reserved for investors in the club’s so-called debentures, or bonds.
The club has issued these since the 1920s to finance development. But instead of paying cash coupons, like regular bonds, Wimbledon debentures pay interest in something much more valuable: tickets.
Holders get one ticket for each day of the Wimbledon tournaments during the five-year life of the bond. And here is the kicker: If you don’t feel like going on any given day, you can sell it—legally.
Such mini-bonds are a new trend in the UK, in part because the banking system is skittish about allocating credit to many small firms.