Space delivers OOH takeover to celebrate Wimbledon 2021


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The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has launched a new OOH campaign for The Championships, Wimbledon 2021, spotlighting the unique rituals, love and passion displayed by fans of the world-famous tennis tournament.

Celebrating Wimbledon 2021

To celebrate the return of one of the most iconic sporting events in history, creative agency Space has developed a full OOH takeover across SW19, bringing to life the ‘It’s a Wimbledon Thing’ idea created by McCann, which aims to illustrate the excitement generated by the tournament. 

The campaign runs through the entirety of The Championships, highlighting the impact the event has on the nation, playfully calling out the unique behaviours of a country that suddenly becomes obsessed with all things Wimbledon.

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Prestine lawn: One of the creatives for the campaign.

The creative is comprised of three executions which will take over a number of key media spots within the local area: both Wimbledon and Southfields stations have undergone full dominations, and the iconic Court 12 bears a 70-metre banner.

The first features a fantastically crafted topiary, proudly shaped to declare ‘It’s a Wimbledon Thing’ in a fan’s garden, symbolising the lengths (and love!) tennis fans go to when celebrating the tournament.

Secondly, a pile of iconic strawberries nigh-on spilling from a bowl with the strapline: ‘It’s never having too many’. This plays into the excitement that surrounds the tournament, where for two weeks a year, permission to indulge is implicit – and suggests ‘why stop at just one punnet?’

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New strawbs please: Another Wimbledon creative channels the iconic strawberries and cream fayre from the tournament.

The final execution shines a light on the return of the most iconic stadium in history. 

The headline reads, ‘A stage like no other’ and is boldly set above the scene below, ramping up the anticipation and giving fans (and players) a taste of what it’ll be like on Centre Court.

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Court action: The iconic pristine courts are legend.

Getting involved

All the creative ads encourage fans to get involved with the campaign and share their unique ‘Wimbledon Thing’ via a hashtag #WimbledonThing, amplifying the excitement generated and truly celebrating the different ways that people engage with The Championships.

David Atkinson, Managing Partner at Space, said: “The Championships is a time when people celebrate their love, passion and fandom like no other, because it really is a tournament like no other. 

“For one fortnight a year, Wimbledon-mania is a feeling that sweeps through the nation and captures audiences worldwide.

“It’s a feeling that brings out all the quirks and eccentricities. It’s a feeling that allows fans to proudly celebrate all things ‘Wimbledon’ in their own ways – from the more traditional to the truly extraordinary. 

“And that’s what this campaign is about – really shining a light on those efforts the fans go to for their love of the tournament.”

James Ralley, AELTC Head of Commercial and Marketing commented: “The Championships has always seen an astonishing level of inspiration and commitment from our fans; however, this year feels even more special and meaningful as society opens up. 

“It’s amazing to see people all over the world show their love and support for us, which is what this campaign celebrates. 

“Every year we work with Space to activate the idea for our Arrivals audience – and every year, they find new ways of communicating The Championships in a fresh way.”