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Time: May 27, 2023 5:00 PM
Location: Newport International Polo Grounds 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Saturday, May 27th, 2023 at 5pm: The summer season kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with the return of the annual charity polo match to support the Rotary Club of Newport's charitable initiatives, hosted by the Newport Polo Club. Ready your picnic spread to join the action as top players compete in a classic 6-chukker showdown.
ADMISSION TICKETS FOR LAWN & PAVILION WILL BE SOLD AT THE GATE ONLY! Reserve a Tailgate or Chalet ONLINE ONLY at the link above). 100% of proceeds from admission ticket sales will support the Rotary Club of Newport.
Admission & Seating
Pavilion - $15/Adult - Sold at Entry Gates Only - limited; first come, first served bar-height tables with 4 seats - enjoy table seating to witness the action in the centerfield Pavilion. Walk up bar service; No outside beverages permitted within Pavilion; you may bring food into the Pavilion, no coolers. Parking is in General Parking. Kids are free up to age 12 if accompanied by an adult.
Lawn Tickets - $15/Adult - Sold at Entry Gates Only - Adult admission for seating in: A.) reserved Tailgates and Chalets (reserve above); B.) Grandstand; C.) unassigned Lawn seating areas. Picnics of food & beverage are welcome. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Carry in/Carry out trash, please. Kids are free up to age 12 if accompanied by an adult.
General Parking - free with admission.
Tailgates - $100 - Sold Online Only - Reserved, numbered space on the South/West perimeter of the playing field. 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 (over the age of 12) - sold at entry gate only.
Chalets - $125 - Sold Online Only - Reserved, numbered space on the North perimeter of the playing field. 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 (over the age of 12) - sold at entry gate only.
Saturday, May 27th, 2023 at 5pm: The summer season kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with the return of the annual charity polo match to support the Rotary Club of Newport's charitable programs, hosted by the Newport Polo Club. Ready your picnic spread to join the action as top players compete in a classic 6-chukker showdown.
Gates Open at 3PM: to avoid last-minute entry traffic delays, enjoy pre-game refreshments, amplified music, games on the field, shopping and socializing. All Pavilion & Lawn Admission Tickets are sold by the Rotary Club of Newport at the entry gates. 100% of proceeds from admission ticket sales will support the Rotary Club of Newport. Season Passes are not available for this event. Reserved Tailgates & Chalets are sold online only using the links above; Admission sold separately.
The match will begin with national anthem(s), followed by player introductions before the first throw-in. Halftime intermission includes a stroll on the polo field for the divot stomp, a 'treading in' to replace divots, a time-honored tradition to repair the field for the second half.
Hospitality & Amenities:
“Please join us at the Newport Rotary Charity Polo match - have fun making a difference, and making friends!” adds Avram Dorfman, President, Rotary Club of Newport.
The enduring partnership between Newport Polo and the Rotary Club of Newport that was forged in 1991 combines Season Program ad sales with ticket sales at the Rotary Charity Match, to contribute tens of thousands of dollars annually to the Rotary Club’s local Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors, and other charitable initiatives. If you did not pick up your copy of our newly published 2023 season program on your local newsstand, pick one up at the match.
"Newport Polo has prioritized community involvement since its inception” explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder. "Benefit matches such as this event, as well as our annual Charity Ball, food and emergency relief drives, and countless ticket donations have contributed over $1.9M to community non-profits since 1992."
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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 Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.
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 conduct the match within our safety standards. If the match must ultimately be canceled, it will not be rescheduled. Only tickets with ticket insurance are eligible for a refund for postponed or canceled matches. For full details on our ticket policies, please follow this link. You will be required to agree to our Terms & Agreements at the time of checkout to complete your reservation. 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.
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 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.
Polo, since 600 b.c. 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. By the time Polo arrived on Newport’s shores during the Gilded Age, the sport was 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.