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Wimbledon's many vans.

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Andy Murray is making the headlines, the Williams sisters have both had a tantrum, the ladies world number 1 is already out, and people all over the country have had to turn the volume on their TV’s down because of Maria Sharapova.

Yes, Wimbledon is into its second week and the drama has well and truly started to unfold. Yesterday the focus centred on the newly married Royal couple spectating the action, as Andy Murray advanced into the quarter finals, but there is a lot that goes into Wimbledon that is unnoticed.

With that in mind we have decided to take a look at how many standard 3.5ton vans would be needed to transport some of the many things that goes into making Wimbledon one of the biggest events in the Tennis calendar.

To start with, where would Tennis be without you, the fans? Henman hill may have disappeared quicker than his Wimbledon dreams, but thousands upon thousands of you turn out to the event to revel in the sun (and rain), and soak up the atmosphere. The current capacity of Centre Court is 13,813, while the new number one Court seats 11,429. That means a whopping 4605 vans would be needed to transport fans to reach full capacity on Centre Court, and 3810 vans for full capacity on the number one Court. So in total 8415 vans would be needed every day to transport spectators to the two Courts.

How about the staff though? On average 1491 vans would be needed to transport the 4475 staff, including caterers, ball boy/girls, and security guards. Good job Wimbledon has a lot of parking spaces.

What are the stars of the show going to play with in front of this fully packed house? Assuming that all competitors bring their own tennis racket, they still need a ball to play with. This year on average at Wimbledon, 52,200 balls will be used throughout the tournament. Each ball must weigh two ounces (56.7 grams). Theoretically, all those tennis balls could fit into one van as they only weigh a combined total of 3.26 tons. However, I wouldn’t like to be the person who had to keep them all in there, so better make it two vans. Those poor tennis balls only have an average lifespan of 20 minutes in a two-and-a -half hour match.

Wimbledon has been known as the signal to start the summer, and what better way to start summer than with strawberries, cream, and Pimms. Over the course of the tournament, 28 tonnes of strawberries are eaten, most of them travelling the 28 miles from Kent. That means 8 vans would have to make the journey, and only have to spend £56 in total on petrol.  That’s some good budgeting by Wimbledon. Only two vans would be needed to transport the 7000litres of cream to go with them strawberries, although I imagine a lot more water would be needed to clean the vans after.

Speaking of budgeting, Wimbledon are set to make £1.4million from the sale of Pimms, which average at £7 a glass. Over the tournament, 11 vans will be needed to transport the 38.58 tonnes worth of Pimms bottles to the event, now that’s a party.

Parties do get spoiled though, especially by rain. The centre court roof is retractable this year, and weighs a staggering 70 tons. 20 Vans would have had to transport that. Still, at least it keeps you dry. An extra 9 vans would be needed to deliver the additional parts that the roof requires like motors, rotating arms etc.

The prize budget for the singles champions is up to £1,100,000 this year, a whopping £100,000 up on last year’s prize fund. Of course it’s the taking part that counts but everyone wants to win that prize. If it was delivered in pound coins, the 10.45 tons would have to be delivered in three vans. Why the winner would want it in pound coins is anyone’s guess, but it’s always handy to have change lying around the house.

Finally the fans are going to want a memorabilia of their day.   The most popular selling item is a mini yellow tennis ball keyring weighing in at 10grams. One van would be needed to supply the 18,000 of these that get sold over the tournaments duration.

In just one day at Wimbledon, 9960 vans would be needed, to make Wimbledon the success that it is.

  By Ben Malkin © Copyright Autonet Insurance