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Anniversary News by Pony Express

Monthly Bulletin of Anniversary Announcements

Date: Friday, February 12, 2021

2021 marks the 30th anniversary season of the Newport International Polo Series, scheduled to commence on Opening Day, June 5th.  After a proven game plan during the pandemic year that won State approval and audience support, momentum for the approaching milestone season is bullish, to celebrate three decades of polo re-born in its American birthplace.  This monthly blog will publish the latest announcements as our jubilee plans unfold.  Subscribe to receive the latest blog post in our monthly eMagazine, delivered by email to your inbox.

February 12, 2021

In 2015, as Food Trucks were on the rise across the nation, a few local vendors rolled onto the International Polo Grounds for the first time, bringing a new selection of premium offerings within steps of polo fans as they enjoyed the Saturday matches. Through the intervening years, the fleet of unique and gourmet mobile culinarians has reached a crescendo, in time for the Polo Series 30th anniversary. Our summer-long celebration would not be complete without a banquet of the most encore-worthy vendors to date, covering every delicious hankering that polo fans could hope for, in residence every Saturday.

  • Jay Leno standing next to the A Mano Pizza truckAuthentic Neapolitan pizza will emerge from the brick ovens of A Mano Pizza + Gelato. These eye-catching trucks quickly became a favorite around Newport (even Jay Leno picked up his own pie) for turning the freshest organic ingredients imported from Italy into a handmade delicacy.
  • At the crossroads of the food truck renaissance, with origins in L.A. + New England seafood, is La Costa Lobster and Tacos. Mexican street food and the New England delicacy, side by side, and sometimes together, are featured on one of the newest trucks to hit Newport’s streets. Tacos, Nachos, Lobster Rolls, and more will satisfy almost any craving.
  • For a small cart, Wally’s Hot Dog Cart packs a satisfying punch, serving the Rhode Island original ‘Saugy’ dog in all its tasty guises, from traditional toppings to deluxe specialties, earning the rank of polo fan favorite for the past two seasons! With the chef’s Goldendoodle as the mascot, and a combination of high-quality beef and pork on a bun, what’s not to love?
  • Plans are in the works for charcuterie boards and tailgate styling specialists, as well as specialty menus offered in the Pavilion for during & après polo, to be announced soon by Pony Express! 

Lastly, two mobile vendors serving cool and refreshing sweets enjoyed by the young and young at heart round out our 2021 lineup.

  • Six seasons and counting, polo fans have enjoyed snow-like elixirs for summer heat from Hawaiian Jim’s Shaved Ice. Shaved ice arrived on the Hawaiian islands in the 1800s to roaring popularity that continued migrating beyond the islands’ shores. Choose from 19 different flavors made with 100% pure cane sugar.

Chelsea's Creamery mobile trailer at a polo match

  • There’s nothing like the taste of homemade, and according to the reviews, no one around does it better than Chelsea’s Creamery. Over 30 homemade flavors from traditional to whimsical are churned out locally in Warren, RI, and hit the road in a frosty white mobile trailer. Enjoy a cone, cup, or frappe.

Visit our Hospitality & Amenities page for menus, links to find where each vendor is serving now, and more.  For specific details about the players, concessions & amenities, plus venue information and other details for each match, subscribe to the Game Day Digest, delivered Saturdays, June - Sept (sign up). Stay current with all 2021 season announcements, latest news & event invitations, and more by subscription to our monthly Emagazine (sign up). Both subscriptions are private and spam-free.

January 28, 2021

Coinciding with the summer Games (another pandemic silver lining) and influenced by the Olympic experience, we are excited to announce that a commemorative medal is being minted, to be awarded this year in the Veuve Clicquot Trophy Presentation, our closing celebration after each polo match. The silver medallion will feature our 30th Anniversary logo and Newport Polo's historic competition venue, while the ribbon will bear the flags of all 36 nations to have participated as of this year.

An olive wreath was the prize for the winner at the Ancient Olympic Games, from branches off the wild-olive trees that grew at Olympia, intertwined to form a circle or a horse-shoe. When the modern Olympic Games began in 1896, silver medals started to be given to olympian champions, the first being James B. Connolly of Massachusetts! Runners-up received laurel branches, cups and trophies. Eventually, medals distinguished by gold, silver, and bronze for the first three places evolved at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri.  And a neck ribbon took the place of pinning at the Rome Olympiad of 1960, which remains the current tradition. Additionally, the names of all medal winners are inscribed onto a wall at host stadiums.  

Newport Polo's traditions date back to its inaugural season, with perpetual Paul Revere Liberty Bowls inaugurated for each international rivalry to share the spoils of "champagne in victory and in defeat" [Napolean], engraved with the names of winners over the years, and unique silver prizes presented to all visiting teams to commemorate each season. Prizes have ranged from statues, trophy cups and platters, knives, goblets, and all manner of pride, prestige and appreciation, suitable for the trophy shelf.

The vision for the Newport International Polo Series was largely influenced by the Olympic spirit and international competition experiences of founder Dan Keating, who competed on the US Mens Luge Team. 

We hope to present the first of the 30th Anniversary medals on Opening Day, June 5th to the Swiss Polo Team making its Polo Series debut in the Newport International Polo Series XXX!

Photo provided by Matthew J Atanian

December 12, 2020

With the 2021 schedule finalized early, an accelerated schedule has been announced for the Trigentennial Box Office opening. Polo fans intending to make reservations are urged to take note of the new timeline for the 2021 Box Office:

JAN 1: Pavilion Table selections begin for Patrons & Insiders

JAN 14: 8AM: Cutoff to purchase a Season Pass for Priority Access

JAN 15-31: Priority Access for Passholders

FEB 1: Box Office Opens to the Public

JUN 5: Newport International Polo Series Opening Day

Thanks to our 2021 Season Schedule being finalized well ahead of the normal timeline, due to postponements from 2020, we are ready to launch the Pearl Jubilee with the start of the new year.  After successfully completing a COVID-safe 2020 season with all 17 matches, our optimism has been buoyed by the progress of vaccine developments and distribution underway.

We invite you to mark your calendars to reserve your seats to join the action.  Lastly, those interested in hosting a Polo Party will have the most availability to select from if they Contact Us by JAN 5 to initiate prior to Priority Access.

We look forward to seeing you at the Newport International Polo Series XXX!

Photo provided by Cocoa & Co

November 20, 2020

Work has commenced on a website overhaul.  The key feature of the site development is a move to the latest ticketing platform, with a new integrated checkout process for seamless online ticket purchasing, to also extend to polo lessons & related services, and Pro Shop sales.  Maintaining the checkout process on one platform from start to finish is expected to improve site speeds and up-to-the-second ticket availability.  Customers can also expect new features making it easier to access and distribute electronic tickets.  Along with the upgraded platform, new ticket scanners will be deployed at the polo grounds to speed up entry on game day.  Expect more updates on the website upgrade as work progresses. During the new site construction, the current website is still fully operational.