With Britain’s Andy Murray aiming to win the title for a second successive year, interest has never been higher as the action at SW19 heads towards a thrilling climax.
Thanks to Stanhope and screen sponsor, Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), those unable to get a prize centre court ticket are able to enjoy the next best thing. Comfortable deckchairs and bean bags in the shape of giant tennis balls are currently located at the Platform community space in Ruskin Square, along with a big screen so that tennis lovers don’t have to miss a shot!
To make the event truly authentic, you can tuck into some strawberries and cream and a glass of Pimms at the site (come rain, wind or shine!) offering much better value per punnet or glass than you would get inside the grounds of the All-England club. A small selection of other food and drink is also available and, following hot on the heels of the world food market at Lansdowne Walk, the latest entertainment on site has gone down a storm with passers-by and the nearby office population.
Jason Margrave, development director at Stanhope, said; “We are delighted to be able to bring the big screen to Ruskin Square so that people can get together and enjoy the tennis in pleasant surroundings. Let’s hope we can all cheer on an Andy Murray victory.
“Platform is fast getting a reputation as a destination in its own right and we have a number of other exciting plans in the pipeline. Watch this space.”
Matthew Sims, chief executive of Croydon BID, said: “We’re pleased to be bringing live, Wimbledon championships tennis to the local community via this giant TV screen.
“The week-long entertainment fits perfectly with the Croydon LIVE! programme of events that we have scheduled in for the year, in which we aim to bring something extra to the town and provide all those who come here with something memorable and a little bit different.”
For six weeks from July 19, Croydon-based art collective TURF will be installing a mini golf course, specially designed by nine local artists with a unique twist on crazy golf.