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Newport vs. Boston

Time: August 1, 2020 5:00 PM

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

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 August 1, 2020 - 5PM

Season 29 of the Newport International Polo Series will feature Newport vs. Boston on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 5pm.  Ticket & Parking options and match details explained below.  Open to the Public!  To make a  purchase, click on the words Pavilion, Tailgate, Chalet or Lawn above for the desired ticket option.

Notice of RI Phase II Policies in effect: Seating capacity is limited, subject to modification in subsequent phases of RI Reopening. Masks are mandatory at all times when not in your seating area. Maintain at least 6' social distancing at all times from others that are not in your group.  No gathering. Restroom use limited to 1 adult inside at a time; hand washing & sanitization is urged.  Admission by online reservation only.  Carry-in/carry-out trash.  Violators will be referred to the present Police detail and removed.  Do not enter if you are not feeling well.   

Ticket & Parking Options:


Pavilion - $30/person for reserved seating at tables in the centerfield Davitt Pavilion. Each Pavilion seat requires a ticket.  Pavilion opens at 4pm / 3pm in Sept. By advanced reservations only - no upgrades at hostess stand - typically sold out before game day.  Tables seat parties of 4, 6 and 8.  All seats are handicap accessible except Upper Deck.  Beverage service provided; no outside beverages permitted. You may bring food into the Pavilion.  [Private seating areas for groups (Phase III allowable group size = 50-100; contact ryan@nptpolo.com) include Tent (requires purchase of 52 seats), Main Deck (requires purchase of 18 seats), and Upper Deck (requires purchase of 30 seats).]  

Modern Luxury Polo Lounge - $80/person on 6/27, 7/4, 7/18, 9/12 and 9/26 in 2020, for an all-inclusive polo experience including complimentary gourmet hors d'oeuvres, specialty cocktail bar with celebrity mixologist, reserved parking and preferred seating.  Tables seat 4 or 8 under the Tent. [Corporate Table Sponsorship for promotional benefits is available - please inquire for details: agnes@nptpolo.com].

Pavilion Parking - A limited number of Pavilion parking spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, directed by Newport Polo parking attendants, accessed through the Lower Gate.  They will fill up quickly.  Additional parking is in any of the nearby General Parking areas.

Pavilion Season Subscriptions - $275 - $3,600 SOLD OUT (Subscriber, Patron, Insider, and VIP) offer superb value benefits for individual seats or reserved tables for select matches or for the entire season.

Lawn Seating

Lawn Tickets - $20/adult (kids free up to the age of 15) - online only - Adult admission to access a reserved Tailgate or Chalet.  (No unassigned lawn seating this year).  Purchase requires code from reservation of Tailgate or Chalet.  Picnics of food & beverage are welcome.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Carry in/Carry out trash please.  Gates open at 3pm / Noon in Sept.  Tickets scanned at gate - No ticket sales at the entry gates.  Parking is at reserved Tailgate or Chalet (Limit 1 car) or in General Parking.   Masks required when not within Tailgate/Chalet.

Picnic Patch -  $80 (4 adults and up to 4 kids free, age 15 & under) - online only - 12' circled area on the lawn, includes 4 adult Lawn Tickets. Patches are separated by 8' aisle ways for access and egress only.  Locations staked upon arrival on Gameday by ticketed patrons on first-come-first-serve basis when gates open at 3pm. Tiickets scanned at gate - No ticket sales at the entry gates. Parking is in General Parking.  Masks required when not within Patch.

10 Patches located on the tent line: for pop up tents, blankets, tables, chairs & picnics;

22 Patches located on the green, for blankets, lawn chairs & picnics (tents and other obstructions not allowed);

Lawn Pass - $175 (Member) offers superb value & benefits for individual admission for use with reserved Tailgate or Chalet. 


General Parking - free.

Tailgates - $80 each. Reserved, numbered space on the South & West perimeter of the playing field.  Limit of 1 passenger car and passengers within it.  Reserved online only.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to enjoy the match.  Carry in/Carry out trash please.  Limit of 1 Tailgate per household.  Tailgates will be separated by 6' buffer zone for social distancing, not for occupation.  Reservation does not include admission.  Lawn tickets are required for each adult occupant (over the age of 15) in a Tailgate.  Lawn tickets can be purchased in a separate online purchase, entering the Tailgate reservation ticket number.  No Lawn ticket sales at entry gates.

Chalets - $125 each. Reserved, numbered space on the North perimeter of the playing field. Includes installed 10ft. x 10ft. Chalet tent.  Limit of 1 passenger car and passengers within it.  Chalets may be reserved online only.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to enjoy the match.  Carry in/Carry out trash please.   Limit of 1 Chalet per household. Chalets will be separated by 6' buffer zone for social distancing, not intended for occupation.  Reservation does not include admission.  Lawn tickets are required for each adult occupant (over the age of 15) in a Chalet.  Lawn tickets can be purchased online only in a separate purchase entering the Chalet reservation ticket number.  No ticket sales at entry gates.

Corporate Tailgate - $2,500 SOLD OUT (Season Membership option). Reserved Chalet for the season, central position on North perimeter, includes installed Chalet tent and nameplate. Includes 2 season passes.  Additional adult admission required for each adult occupant (over the age of 15) purchased online only in a separate purchase entering the Chalet reservation ticket number.  Carry in/Carry out trash please.  

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Match Info:

August 1, 2020 at 5pm: Season 29 of the Newport International Polo Series will feature Newport vs. Boston on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 5pm.  Match Ticket & Parking options described above.  Select & purchase match tickets using the links at the top!

Newport's oldest city rival, Boston, is bearing down the pike to defend last year's narrow victory and wrest the perpetual silver trophy from its mantle again in the annual faceoff with Newport, and the hometeam is tooling up for a major showdown.  Don't miss the action, while tickets are available!

The rematch between the two teams will be the 10th consecutive annual clash, featured in the City Series to an enthusiastic spectator audience in one of this season's rare 17 matches, still the only live sporting event in New England since the start of the pandemic.

Under a State-approved plan for reduced capacity with socially-distanced seating options from which to view the matches at the polo grounds, including tables in the Davitt Pavilion, or fieldside Tailgates and Picnic Patches on the lawn, sold-out audiences each week have enjoyed the Newport International Polo Series polo matches since Opening Day on June 6, where spectators for nearly 30 years have witnessed the timeless sport unfold across an argyle-patterned emerald green at Glen Farm, home of the Polo Series for the past 28 seasons, in a classic exhibition of horsemanship and valor, with host, the Newport Polo Club, where the home team - Newport/USA - meets challengers each season from around the world and as well as teams representing major US cities and regional rivals in one of Newport's unique traditions & renown attractions.  

During the match, Best of Show judging will take place, awarding a special prize from Stella Artois and Jumbotron moment of fame to the most festive group of the day.  Curated images of contest entrants will be published on the party pages of an upcoming issue of Boston Common Magazine, the region's premier luxury/fashion/lifestyle glossy!  Souvenir portrait photography by Cocoa & Co. will be available.

Also during the match, attendees can expect beverage service for patrons seated within the Davitt Pavilion, and carry-out service from the Patio Bar, serving specialty cocktails including a 'Cocktail Guru' weekly special, premium spirits, boutique wines, imported & craft malt beverages and soft drinks for patrons in Lawn seating.  Gourmet food trucks are dishing out popular refreshments including handmade pizza, gourmet hotdogs, kettle corn, homemade ice cream and refreshing shaved ice, while the 2020 limited edition official sportswear collection debuts weekly in the fieldside Pro Shop. See Hospitality & Amenities for details and menus.  Expert commentary of the polo action is provided by William Crisp, as instant replays and live action are produced on the polo world's first Jumbotron, and a half-time intermission will give spectators the opportunity to have a socially-distanced and masked stroll across the playing field to replace divots, a time-honored polo ritual that helps restore the field for the second half.  

After 6 periods of competition, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Newport Polo Fan Salute around the perimeter - a salutatory tradition originating at the Newport International Polo Series in 2003, and now emulated at polo clubs around the world, and the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation awarding the silver Paul Revere Liberty Bowl, inaugurated in 2011.

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The Polo Series is scheduled to continue for the next 9 weeks, every Saturday through September. The schedule of teams is subject to change, as per RI State mandates in effect at the time, on international travel and Adult Sports.  Stay current with the 2020 team lineup & stats, latest news, events, and more by e-scription to the Gameday Briefing (sign up) and weekly eMagazine (sign up). Both subscriptions are private and spam-free.

Safety being a top priority, RI State approved COVID-19 safety measures are in effect at the polo grounds this season including online sales, masks required when not seated, social distancing and greatly reduced capacity.  Read full details  Opening Day 2020 was a monumental victory and a huge vote of confidence from our State!  We are fortunate to have State officials that have worked tirelessly for RI to be leading the nation in recovery.  With their guidance, the modifications that are in place are to ensure everyone's safety attending polo, and will be enforced by security personnel.

Our polo teams have put their stamp of approval on accommodations from our official lodging partners, ground transportation from ROCKSTAR Limo, sightseeing by land with Newport Jaguar Tours, by sky with Newport Helicopter Tours, and by sea with America's Cup Charters, as well as must stops at the famed Newport Mansions, and recreational paddleboarding & surfing with Island Surf & Sport, tennis on the legendary courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, angling adventures with Newport Sport Fishing Charters, cocktails & dinner at the one and only Clarke Cooke House, and all the great goings on in the City by the Sea.

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 transferred to the rain date.  For more details on our ticket policies, please follow this link.  In inclement weather, always check the Match Status recording on our Info Hotline (401) 846-0200 x2 and for Alerts published on our website, both of which are updated with any status change for the impending match. Always come prepared for weather conditions as necessary; use vehicles for shelter; existing tents/shelters are reserved for specific capacity and not available as emergency shelter, or overcrowding.

Season subscriptions to the Newport International Polo Series are available for individual lawn or Pavilion seating, reserved tables, corporate tailgates & VIP lounge tables to take in all 17 weeks of polo action.  

This is the 29th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from 34 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.

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, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2020 sponsors including Gallo|Thomas Insurance, Davitt, Boston Common, Hotel Viking, The Chanler, The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve Clicquot, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, ROCKSTAR Limo, Atria Senior Living, Goslings, McGrath Clambakes and Catering, and promotional partners including The Cocktail GuruTYGER | Event Design + ProductionNewport Jaguar Tours, Newport Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport, Newport Sport Fishing Charters, Providence River Boat Company, and Newport Harbor Guide.  Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partnerships, Van Liew Trust, Tanglewood, and WCRI Classical Rhode Island.  “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.

Photo by Kevin M Bernard.

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.