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8/19 Newport International Polo Series

Time: August 19, 2023 5:00 PM

Location: Newport International Polo Grounds 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871

More Info:

Saturday, August 19, 2023 - 5PM

Match Brief:

Saturday, August 19th, 2023 at 5pm: Season 32 of the Newport International Polo Series continues as USA faces an international challenger, TBA.  (Scroll down for complete Match Info.)  Seating & Parking options: read descriptions below; To purchase Tix/Reservations: make selection above (when Box Office is open, Feb. 1 - Sept. 30). Currently Offering: Polo Parties and Season Passes from October 1 - January 14; Priority Access for Season Passholders from January 15-31.

Additional match info, game day special features, venue hospitality and amenities, and Après Polo details to be announced.  Stay current with all 2023 season announcements, latest news & event invitations, and more by subscription to our monthly Emagazine (sign up).  Subscription is private and spam-free.

Ticket & Parking Options:

Pavilion

Pavilion - $30/seat - online - sold as Tables with 4, 6, or 8 seats; located in the centerfield Pavilion. Each person that occupies a seat requires a ticket, regardless of age.  The Pavilion opens at 4pm / 3pm in Sept.  All tables are handicap accessible except Upper Deck.  Beverage service provided; no outside beverages permitted; you may bring food into the Pavilion, not coolers. [Private seating areas for groups are available including the Pavilion Tent (requires purchase of 76 seats), Main Deck (requires purchase of 40 seats), and Upper Deck (requires purchase of 44 seats).  Contact Us for group reservations of 20+ guests].

Pavilion Parking - General Parking areas, accessed through the Main Gate and Lower Gate, are a short walk to the Pavilion.  A limited number of Pavilion parking spaces are also available on a first-come-first-serve basis, directed by Newport Polo parking attendants, accessed through the Lower Gate.  They will fill up quickly. 

Lawn Seating

Lawn & Grandstand Seating Tickets - $20/adult - online & at entry gates - Adult admission for seating in a.) reserved Tailgates and Chalets*; b.) Grandstand; and c.) unassigned Lawn seating areas.  Kids in Lawn seating areas are free up to the age of 15.  Picnics of food & beverage are welcome.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets.  Carry in/Carry out trash, please.  Gates open at 1pm / Noon in Sept.  Tickets scanned at gate.  Parking is at reserved Tailgate* or Chalet* or in General Parking.  (*Requires separate reservation).

Lawn Pass - $200 (Member) over 50% savings for individual admission plus additional benefits, from 6/3-9/30 for the following uses: a.) with reserved Tailgate* or Chalet*; b.) for unassigned Lawn seating and Grandstand seating.  (*Requires separate reservation)

Parking

General Parking - free with admission.

Tailgates - $100 - online - Reserved, numbered space on the South/West perimeter of the playing field for up to 15 people.  Can accommodate 2 standard passenger cars parked end to end; oversized or additional car(s) to park in General Parking.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic, and pop-up tent (10’x10’) for shelter & comfort.  Carry in/Carry out trash, please.  Limit of 1 Tailgate per household. Reservation does not include admission.  Lawn tickets are required for each adult occupant (over the age of 15) in a Tailgate.  Lawn tickets are sold online at link above, and at the entry gates on game day.

Chalets - $125 - online - Reserved, numbered space on the North perimeter of the playing field for up to 15 people.  Includes installed 10ft. x 10ft. Chalet tent.  Can accommodate 1 standard passenger car parked directly behind Chalet tent; oversized or additional car(s) to park in General Parking.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to enjoy the match.  Carry in/Carry out trash, please.  Limit of 1 Chalet per household.  Reservation does not include admission.  Lawn tickets are required for each adult occupant (over the age of 15) in a Chalet.  Lawn tickets are sold online at link above, and at the entry gates on game day.

Corporate Tailgate - $4,800 (Season Membership option) for reserved Chalet and weekly admission for 10 adults for the entire season.

Jumbotron Messages / Tents / Grills / Picnics / Refunds

Match Info:

Saturday, August 19th, 2023 at 5pm: Season 32 of the Newport International Polo Series continues as USA faces an international challenger, TBA.  Pre-Season Sale for Polo Parties and Season Passes is from October 1 - January 14; Box Office opens for Season Passholder Priority Access on January 15 and opens to the public on February 1.

Additional match info, game day special features, venue hospitality and amenities, and Après Polo details to be announced.  Stay current with all 2023 season announcements, latest news & event invitations, and more by subscription to our monthly Emagazine (sign up).  Subscription is private and spam-free.

Gates Open at 1PM | Pavilion Opens at 4PM: to avoid last-minute entry traffic delays, arrive early to enjoy pre-game refreshments, amplified music, games on the field, shopping, and socializing.  The match will begin with national anthem(s) followed by player introductions and Official Coin Toss to start the match.  After 3 periods called chukkers, a Halftime Intermission includes a stroll on the polo field for the divot stomp, a 'treading in' to replace divots, a time-honored polo tradition to repair the field for the second half.

Door Prize Drawing: attendees are encouraged to submit a door prize raffle entry at the Pro Shop by the end of halftime, for a chance to win a handsome, weekly door prize awarded that day.

Best in Show: the most spirited Newport Polo fans who best capture the contest theme will be rewarded with prizes in the Best in Show Contest (see 2022 Entries & Winners Album). Judges will scout the entire venue to find the best bacchanal, including picnic decor, banquets, tablescapes & attire, awarding a coveted prize and Brenton Hotel Jumbotron moment of fame. This tradition is a tribute to our fans that continue to show their spirit and love of polo, earning Best Tailgating in New England from Yankee Magazine and making the Newport Polo experience par excellence.  Our resident style photographer will capture souvenir portraits of festive parties, available from Cocoa & Co.

Hospitality & Amenities: From 2:30PM, the Patio Bar is open for carry-out service for patrons throughout the venue, and beverage service to tables within the Pavilion starting at 4PM, offering a selection of signature cocktails created by The Cocktail Guru, premium spirits, boutique wines, imported & craft malt beverages, and soft drinks.  Licensed Gourmet Food Trucks dish out popular refreshments including handmade pizza, lobster rolls, deluxe hotdogs, charcuterie boards, seafood chowder, and premium desserts, while specialty vendors present exclusive gifts, and the official sportswear & souvenir collection is available exclusively in the fieldside Pro Shop.  See Hospitality & Amenities for details and menus.  Expert commentary of the polo action is provided over the PA, and instant replays and live-action game footage are produced on the polo world's first Jumbotron.

Closing Ceremony: After 6 periods of competition, called chukkers, the match will conclude with a victory lap by the teams as they circle the field in the Newport Polo Fan Salute - a tradition originating at the Newport International Polo Series in 2003, and now emulated at polo clubs around the world - followed by the Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation on the polo field in front of the Pavilion, plus autograph signing, and an après polo cocktail hour celebration at the Patio Bar to conclude festivities. 

Personalized messages on the Brenton Hotel Jumbotron can be requested through the online portal no later than 9AM the day before the match. Submit Now

For specific details about the players, concessions & amenities for this match, plus venue information and other details, sign up to receive the Game Day Briefing on Saturday, by private subscription (sign up).  Stay current with all announcements, latest news & event invitations, and more by subscription to our monthly Emagazine (sign up).  Both subscriptions are private and spam-free.

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s unique traditions and world-renowned attractions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Spectator audiences enjoy the athletic display and horsemanship every Saturday in June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept. Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI. 

Info about the Polo Series, our venue, concessions & amenities, and other information can be found in the About Us section.

RAIN DATE: If a regularly scheduled match is canceled prior to its start (due to weather/field conditions), the match will be postponed to the following day, Sunday at the same time.  All original polo match tickets & seating reservations will be automatically transferred to the rain date.  Even though our goal is to hold the match if at all possible, there is no guarantee that the Rain Date will not also be subject to weather-related obstacles to safely conduct the match. If the match must ultimately be canceled, it will not be rescheduled.  Only those tickets purchased with ticket insurance are eligible for a refund for postponed or canceled matches.  For full details on our ticket policies, please follow this link.  When making a ticket purchase, you will be required to agree to our Terms & Agreements at the time of checkout to complete your purchase.  In inclement weather, it is your responsibility to check the Match Status recording on our Info Hotline (401) 846-0200 x2 and this website for Banner Alerts, both of which are updated with any status change for the impending match. 

Season subscriptions to the Newport International Polo Series are offered annually, starting Oct. 1, for individual Lawn seating and Corporate Tailgates to take in all 17 weeks of polo action.  

2023 will comprise the 32nd season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from 35 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, Poland, Switzerland, and Colombia.

 

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to roll out its 2023 sponsors in upcoming announcements.  “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.

 

The weekly polo matches every Saturday are an ideal conclusion to a summer’s day, in the late afternoons of June through September, just minutes from countless other events, attractions and glittering beaches of Newport, in a manicured, timelessly picturesque setting of the International Polo Grounds at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, where weekly audiences of several thousand attendees have turned out for generations to cheer on the home team as well as the visiting challengers.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 in the early 1990's to revive America's first polo club, and continue to thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Newport International Polo Series.

Gilded Age Legacy.  Polo is, without doubt, the oldest ball game in the world today. First recorded in the 6th century b.c. when the Turkomans beat the Persians in a diplomatic tournament, the alluring game caught on with equestrian royalty and cavalry, and took off with globalization, withstanding the tests of time. Arriving on Newport’s shores during the Gilded Age, the sport had evolved for nearly 2500 years, steeped in tradition, captivating newcomers like Newport's summer sporting set who embraced the new pastime, establishing America's first polo club in 1876.  A charter member of the United States Polo Association, the club today is still a trailblazing model polo club, hosting the Newport International Polo Series public exhibition matches, supporting philanthropic causes, organizing tournaments, polo club member services, and polo instruction year-round. Experience the king of games in its American landing at Newport Polo.