PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The NBC10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by BMW, will feature USA vs. Italy this weekend at the Portsmouth polo fields.
The match will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 5 p.m., followed by a special Après Polo dinner with the teams – ‘Italian Scallion’; sold separately by advanced reservation. Find match details and ticket options below.
Ticket & Parking Options:
Alex and Ani Pavilion:
Pavilion Seats – $20/person for admission to the Alex and Ani Pavilion. The Alex and Ani Pavilion opens at 3pm on game day. To ensure availability, we recommend advanced reservations online only, by selecting an available table(s) from the Pavilion diagram, then indicating the number of seats you wish to purchase (regardless of age); tables seat up to 4, 6 or 8, and are located on the (L) Lawn, (P) Porchª, (T) Tent*ª, and (D) Decksª. If all of the tables appear reserved, a limited number of upgrades may be available at the Pavilion’s hostess desk on gameday for those with paid General Admission tickets. Beverage service is provided from the Twisted Pony Bar. No outside beverages permitted. You may bring food, including offerings from gourmet food truck concessions at the venue. [*Tables under the Tent have overhead shelter from sun and precipitation. ªThese seating areas are elevated for unobstructed views, reached by stairs, and have handicap accessibility – except for the Upper Deck.]
Positive Energy Polo Lounge – $50/person on 6/24, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12, 8/26 and 9/9 in 2017, for all-inclusive premium admission ticket, that includes complimentary gourmet hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails and beverage service from a specialty cocktail bar, reserved parking, private entrance and preferred seating among VIP sponsors & guests in the Positive Energy Polo Lounge. To reserve individual seats or tables that seat 4 or 8, please select seat(s) from tables located under the tent in the Alex and Ani Pavilion. No outside beverages permitted. (Corporate Table Sponsorship that includes promotional benefits is also available – please inquire for details: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pavilion Season Subscriptions – $225-$2,400 (Subscriber, Patron, Insider, and VIP) offer superb value & benefits for individual seats or reserved tables for select matches or for the entire season. Follow the link for details.
General Admission – $12/adult (kids free up to the age of 15) General Admission to Lawn, Grandstand and Reserved Tailgate Parking areas. Picnics of food & beverage are welcome. Bring lawn chairs & blankets for Lawn area. Lawn and Grandstand are available on a first-come-first-serve basis on game day, and cannot be reserved in advance without authorization from Polo Office. Gates open at 1pm/Noon in Sept. General Admission tickets are sold online or at the entry gates on game day. General Parking is free. Tailgate Parking Spaces (located on the perimeter of the playing field) are offered for reservation online only (see details below).
Lawn Seat Season Subscription – $125 (Member) offers superb value & benefits for individual lawn seating for the entire season. Follow the link for details.
General Parking – free.
Valet Parking – $20 – use speed lane to bypass the line, directly to the Main Gate valet service.
Reserved Tailgate Parking – $50 per space. Reserved numbered space on the South perimeter. Can accommodate up to 15 people and/or 2 cars end to end. These spaces may be reserved online only, selecting an available numbered space from the venue diagram above. These spaces are located on the perimeter of the playing field from which you can view the match & enjoy a tailgate picnic with up to 15 people/space. Limit of 1 space per household, unless Group ticket minimums are included in multiple space reservation. Reservation does not include admission. General admission is required for each occupant (over the age of 15) in a tailgate parking space. Admission tickets can be added to your Tailgate Parking reservation or in a subsequent online purchase or at the entry gates on game day.
Reserved Tailgate Chalet – $100 per space. Reserved numbered space on the North perimeter, includes installed chalet tent, can accommodate up to 15 people and 1 car. These spaces may be reserved online only, selecting an available numbered space from the venue diagram above. These spaces are located on the perimeter of the playing field from which you can view the match & enjoy a tailgate picnic with up to 15 people/space. Limit of 1 space per household, unless Group ticket minimums are included in multiple space reservation. Reservation does not include admission. General admission is required for each occupant (over the age of 15) in a tailgate parking space. Admission tickets can be added to your Tailgate Parking reservation or in a subsequent online purchase or at the entry gates on game day.
Corporate Tailgate Parking – $2,500 (Season Membership option). Reserved Tailgate Parking Space for the season, central position on North perimeter, includes installed chalet tent and nameplate.
The Italian team returns to stake its claim on the elusive perpetual USA vs. Italy silver trophy, led by Captain Marco Elser and top players from Rome, home of the oldest of Italy’s 15 polo clubs, a significant footprint for the sport where only about one hundred and fifty players play year-round, even on beaches and on frozen Alpine lakes in winter.
Italy has risen to prominence on the international stage of polo in recent years, winning bronze after defeating England in the last FIP World Championship.
“We are looking forward to the rematch and anticipate a secret weapon or two,” explained Dan Keating, USA team captain and founder of the Polo Series.
After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players and a special Après Polo dinner with the teams: ‘Italian Scallion’ sold separately by advanced reservation.
The team will tour the famed Newport Mansions, enjoy helicopter tours with Birds Eye View, paddle boarding and surfing with Island Surf & Sport, tennis on the legendary courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, sail on 12 meter racing yachts with America’s Cup Charters, cruise the sights by scooter, bike, or scoot coupe from Mansion Rentals, enjoy fine dining and dancing at the Clarke Cooke House, and all the great goings on in the City by the Sea.
During the match, a weekly door prize drawing and the Best Tailgate will be awarded. Dating back more than 130 years in America’s First Resort, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.
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Info about the Polo Series, our venue, concessions & amenities and other information can be found on the About Newport Polo page.
Season subscriptions to the Newport International Polo Series are available for individual lawn or Pavilion seating, reserved tables, corporate tailgates & VIP lounge tables to take in all 18 weeks of polo action.
The Polo Series will feature 8 international teams this season including France, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica, England, Dominican Republic and the debut of Peru, as well as 5 City Teams from major US cities and a few top regional rivals for an action-packed season through the end of September. This is the 26th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, and Morocco.
Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of what was once a 700-acre manorial farm whose settlement dates back to the 1600’s. Its classical stone barns from the Gilded Age and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by polo series founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2017 sponsors including NBC – 10, BMW Centers of Rhode Island, ALEX AND ANI, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Hotel Viking, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Where Boston, Newport Daily News,Brahmin USA, Stella Artois, Clarke Cooke House, Patron Spirits, Rockstar Limo, RIB & RHEIN x New & Lingwood, Atria Senior Living and promotional partners including McGrath Clambakes, International Tennis Hall of Fame, America’s Cup Charters, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport and Mansion Rentals. “Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.
Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVI, and is the home of America’s first polo club, est. in 1876, and a founding member of the United States Polo Association, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round.