Newport Polo kicks off new season Saturday

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Season XXVII of the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by BMW begins this Saturday, June 2, in Portsmouth.

The match begins at 5 p.m. with the debut of Poland on opening day, followed by the first in our special Après Polo celebrations, a Bialowieza Forest Boar Roast, by advanced reservation only.  

Match details and ticket options are described below. 

Ticket & Parking Options

Pavilion: 

Pavilion Seats – $25/person for admission to the Pavilion.  The 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. [*Under tent, overhead shelter from sun and weather. ªOn elevation for unobstructed views, reached by stairs, have handicap accessibility – except for the Upper Deck.]  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. 

VIP Polo Lounge – $65/person on 6/9, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11 and 9/8 in 2018, 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 VIP 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 Pavilion.  No outside beverages permitted.  (Corporate Table Sponsorship that includes promotional benefits is also available – please inquire for details: agnes@nptpolo.com).  

Pavilion Season Subscriptions – $275-$2,880 (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:

General Admission – $15/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 1 pm/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 – $175 (Member) offers superb value & benefits for individual lawn seating for the entire season. Follow the link for details.

Parking:

General Parking – free.

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.

Tents / Grills / Picnics / Refunds

Match Info: 

The Newport International Polo Series XXVII opens on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 5pm when Poland makes its debut against USA.  After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players, and a special Après Polo celebration…a Bialowieza Forest Boar Roast, by advanced reservation only.

A ceremonial flag raising and national anthems will follow the introduction of players, including Poland’s Marianna Olbrych, Jakub Czekaj, Maciej Olbrych and Pawel Olbrych.  The origins of polo in Poland date back to the late 19th century when a family of Polish aristocrats established a team at their Lancut estate and traveled Central Europe competing against teams in Austria, Hungary, and Germany. 

In the early 1920’s, the game was adopted by the Polish cavalry.  The World Wars left a long wake of struggle for the nation and its sports and leisure.  Polo re-emerged in 2002 and today there are seven hubs for the sport around the country, including arena polo, snow polo, and traditional grass polo! The Polish national team participated in the FIP European Championship in 2016 and is planning its strategy for 2018.

Official team headquarters will be at Hotel Viking, renown for superior guest accommodations, exceptional cuisine, rooftop entertainment, European spa and desirable Bellevue Avenue address.  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, sailing 12 meter racing yachts with America’s Cup Charters, cruising the sights by scooter, bike, or scoot coupes from Scooter World, cocktailing & dancing at the Season Kickoff Bash on the eve of the match at the one and only Clarke Cooke House, and all the great goings on in the City by the Sea.  

During the match, a weekly door prize drawing of a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and prize for the Best Tailgate from Stella Artois will be awarded.  Specialty vendors and concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, including the Twisted Pony Cocktail Bar, Pangea Wine Bar, Newport Polo Pro Shop, Brahmin and gourmet food trucks. 

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, 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.  

This is the 27th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 nations including, Ireland, 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, Morocco, Peru and Poland making its debut. 

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