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Introduction of 2023 Partners Continues

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023

Unleashing eight months of pent-up excitement, the official throw in for the start of season 32 is only weeks away, for the return of high-caliber polo competition to its American landing.  These distinguished names are the latest to partner with Newport Polo, sustaining its growth initiatives and lending expertise in luxury and lifestyle for 18 weeks of field-side enjoyment.  

"From the Polo Series' humble beginnings, increasing popularity and devotion of its world-class fans have attracted the attention of top national and international brands that want to be part of the experience," comments Newport Polo Founder and President Dan Keating.  "Each represents the best in their field to spur on continued development to the polo venue, gameday experience, and team hospitality to help make the Polo Series as extensive as it is today."

In the post-pandemic era, we continue to respond to trends that are drawing people to destination Newport.  The addition of premium entertainment suites this season will create exciting views of the action in the comfortable, club-style setting of the Newport Life Cabana Club, bringing a lifestyle amenity to accommodate the increase in midsize groups seeking a turn-key, furnished party suite fieldside.  The on-trend addition is developed in partnership with Newport Life, the community’s singular and distinguished lifestyle publication for the past generation and the next. Created on raised platform decks, each unit will feature tented outdoor lounge groupings, an indoor cabana space with bar and banquet furniture, and a mezzanine overlook, for up to 38 occupants per suite. Four Cabanas are planned for this season, engineered without displacing any of the traditional areas for picnicking on the lawn, and also free up the Pavilion for smaller parties of 4-8 that comprise the majority of attendees. With a ribbon cutting planned for Opening Day, these limited options are described in detail on the Groups page of our website, and available by reservation with the Newport Polo office through the Contact Us form; several matches have already sold out.

Champagne Cart on the Polo Field

Polo and champagne are synonymous, shared in victory and defeat by both teams at the conclusion of the match when they reunite at the trophy presentation, after the sound of popping corks reverberated around the sidelines during the match. The most iconic champagne with its instantly recognizable yellow label is returning for the 10th consecutive season to toast the players and fans of Newport Polo every Saturday.  Veuve Clicquot Champagne brings only one quality, the finest, to enjoy field-side from the Pavilion Patio Bar or delivered to your picnic by the mobile Champagne Cart, and to raise a glass at the Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation to conclude every match.  

Renowned for its innovative cuisine, Clarke Cooke House is legendary as the heartbeat of Newport, an unparalleled, quintessential Newport experience, setting the standard for Newport hospitality bar none.  Newport Polo hosts its team dinners, awards banquet, and gala after-party season after season in the iconic waterfront destination.  This year, we will toast the one and only Irish Polo Team with a cocktail Meet & Greet with its 32-year fanbase on Friday, July 7 for sundowners in its scenic Midway Bar. Newport Polo's restaurant of the year for the past 12 years has been hosts to royalty and yachting stars, captains of industry and charming scalawags, to occasions whimsical and outrageous - everyone feels special.  The polo teams, well...they can check nearly every category.  A Newport stopover is not complete without the Cooke House's great food, professional service, sophisticated environment and unique charm.

A power summit will take center stage when the Governor's Cup Presented by Charles Schwab hosts the championship match of a Northeast regional tournament on July 29,  to crown the 2023 East Coast champions from among the top finalists in the culmination of the United States Polo Association's Northeast regional tournament.  Promising thrilling polo competition, Newport Polo fans will witness the Finals of four high-stakes United States Polo Association tournaments this season: the Independence Cup on 7/1; the All Charity Day on 7/16; the Governor’s Cup Presented by Charles Schwab on 7/29 and culminating in the BMW Newport Pro-Am on 9/9 when fans will delight in the display and opportunity to test drive the latest, most sought after models like the new BMW 3 Series and 5 Series that come with high-performance features, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional ride comfort. For those that prefer a BMW SUV for their daily driving in Newport County, a large selection of new BMW X1, X3, and X5 luxury SUVs will be provided by BMW of Newport - the right place to consider a new BMW.

Cheering on the Spanish Team on June 17 will include Northwestern Mutual's largest office in the country - the Tri-Harbor Financial Group is committed to helping families and businesses across the northeastern seaboard reach and secure their financial goals. Gladhanding the Governor(s), a team of specialists will be on hand for Q&A. "Our version of financial planning means pairing the right insurance with sound investment strategies, so our clients can do the things that matter most, with the ones who matter most." 

ABSOLUT, the penultimate Swedish global brand, brings its exclusive yet inclusive world of cocktails to the season's pinnacle weekend, hosting an ice bar at the ABBA ca DABRA Ball, and its specialty concoctions from the fieldside Patio Bar and special events All Season Long - Skål! 

Atria at the Polo Grounds

Atria Senior Living is caring for our greatest generation, following its philosophy to create vibrant, active communities across the U.S., including Newport.  Atria seeks to encourage a fulfilling lifestyle and promote independence while navigating the challenges of aging.  Atria will take center stage on August 12th as Newport faces the team from the winter capital of polo, Palm Beach.  See the match info page for additional details.

Stella Artois certainly knows a thing or two about tradition with 600 years of history brewing and an artfully perfected 3-step pour ritual to unlock peak enjoyment.  That same dedication to peak enjoyment and the history of polo has driven the vibrant picnic culture at the Newport International Polo Series.  Polo and tailgating have been hand-in-glove since its global spread when horse-drawn coaches served as viewing platforms on the field perimeter to take in the contests.  Today, Newport Polo fans have perfected the art of field-side fun with elaborately embellished decor, bountiful picnics, and overflowing good cheer.  Stella Artois is toasting these exuberant merrymakers for the 8th consecutive year, offering up a weekly prize to the most jubilant party.  Top secret judges will scout the field from picnics on the lawn to Pavilion tablescapes to award the standout bacchanal with a Stella Artois prize package and Brenton Hotel's Jumbotron moment of fame.  Of course, all match attendees can savor the Life Artois each Saturday with Stella Artois on tap at the Pavilion Patio Bar

Like the Beatles in a sea of adoring fans at Shea Stadium, autographing polo balls after the match is the cherry on top for the players.  Their celebrity status starts upon arrival when, for the 15th season, international teams receive VIP ground transportation for airport arrivals & departures and special excursions from ROCKSTAR Limo, the most trusted and reliable chauffeured transportation available for our precious cargo.  Whether we need a quiet sedan for a red-eye, a team SUV for mallet bags, a stretch limo for Waterfire, or the Gronk Bus for Audrain's Tour d'Elegance (kidding), ROCKSTAR Limo provides a flawless experience with vehicles to match every style, and service beyond expectations, from Boston, Providence, Newport, and everywhere in between. Fuel Your Inner ROCKSTAR.

Visit Jamaica is rolling out the red carpet for polo fans again on Saturday, Aug. 19 with the chance to win an all-inclusive 4-day Jamaican Getaway for 2 to one of Jamaica's renowned luxury resorts to soak up the Caribbean sun with unlimited food and beverage, private beaches, snorkeling, sailing, tennis, squash, SCUBA diving, and much more. Meet knowledgeable travel experts from Visit Jamaica during the match to discover more about the Caribbean jewel. 

"Our sponsors have been with us since the beginning," explains Keating.  "These strategic partnerships include global megabrands, Fortune 500 companies, the most respected names in sports/entertainment marketing, and the best of Newport County, helping deliver a world-class polo experience that has wide-ranging community benefit beyond the exhibition matches."

Photos by: Oeil Photography, Cocoa & Co, Andrew Scherbina, MJA Photo.

About Newport Polo: Newport Polo is the home of America's First Polo Club, founded in 1876, a charter member of the United States Polo Association. Newport Polo offers year-round polo club member services and polo instruction, and hosts the Newport International Polo Series public exhibition polo matches every June through September, now in its fourth decade. View our 2022 Schedule of Events.