Time: July 11, 2020 5:00 PM
Location: Newport International Polo Grounds 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Season 29 of the Newport International Polo Series will feature the Vanderbilt Cup, Presented by Vanderbilt International Properties on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 5pm. Ticket & Parking options and match details explained below; to make a reservation, click on Pavilion, Tailgate, Chalet, Lawn or Picnic Patch (more being added shortly - please check back around noon today) above for the desired ticket option.
Notice of COVID-19 Policies in effect: Seating capacity is limited. 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. Restrooms have running water for handwashing and sanitization; limited to 1 adult inside at a time. All polo admission is 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. Read full details.
Pavilion - $30/person - online only - sold as tables for 4, 6 or 8 in the centerfield Davitt Pavilion. Upon reservation, follow the link to access tickets on an electronic ticket dashboard. Each ticket is unique, and must be presented at the entry gates, scanned for admission, and shown to the hostess to be seated. 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. [Private seating areas for groups - Phase III allowable group size = 50, or 100 with a licensed caterer - include Tent (requires purchase of 52+ seats), Main Deck (requires purchase of 18+ seats) and Upper Deck (requires purchase of 30+ seats); contact firstname.lastname@example.org]
Modern Luxury Polo Lounge - $80/person - online only - sold as tables for 4 or 8 under the Davitt Pavilion Tent on 6/27, 7/4, 7/18, 9/12 and 9/26 in 2020, for an all-inclusive polo experience including gourmet hors d'oeuvres service, beverage service from specialty cocktail bar with celebrity mixologist, reserved parking and preferred seating. Upon reservation, follow the link to access tickets on an electronic ticket dashboard. Each ticket is unique, and must be presented at the entry gates, scanned for admission, and shown to the hostess to be seated. Pavilion opens at 4pm / 3pm in Sept. [Corporate Table Sponsorship for promotional benefits is available - please inquire for details: email@example.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 Tickets - $20/adult - online only - Adult admission for reserved Tailgates and Chalets. (No unassigned Lawn seating available this season.) Lawn ticket purchase requires code from reservation of Tailgate or Chalet. Upon purchase, follow the link to access tickets on an electronic ticket dashboard. Each ticket is unique, and must be presented at the entry gates, scanned for admission. Parking is at reserved Tailgate or Chalet (Limit 1 car) or in General Parking. Picnics of food & beverage are welcome. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Carry in/Carry out trash please. Gates open at 3pm / Noon in Sept. Masks required when not within Tailgate/Chalet.
Picnic Patch - $80 - online only - 12' circled area on the lawn, includes 4 Adult Lawn Tickets (plus up to 4 kids free, age 15 and under). Patches are separated by 8' aisleways 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. Upon purchase, follow the link to access tickets on an electronic ticket dashboard. Each ticket is unique, and must be presented at the entry gates, scanned for admission. 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) - online only - offers superb value & benefits for individual admission for use with reserved Tailgate or Chalet.
General Parking - free.
Tailgates - $80 each - online only - Reserved, numbered space on the South & West perimeter of the polo field. Limit of 1 passenger car parked within space. 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. Upon Tailgate purchase, follow the link to electronic ticket dashboard for code needed to purchase Adult Lawn tickets. Save/Bookmark the link for future use. Each ticket is unique, and must be presented at the entry gates, scanned for admission. No Lawn ticket sales at entry gates.
Chalets - $125 each - online only - 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.
The Newport International Polo Series will host the Vanderbilt Cup Presented by Vanderbilt International Properties on Saturday, July 11 at 5pm in a rivalry that dates back to the Gilded Age, pitting the Vanderbilts against the Astors in an action-packed 6-chukker ride off.
Presented by Vanderbilt International Properties Ltd., a boutique real estate firm specializing in luxury homes, private club properties, and condominium development programs in Newport and Bristol Counties as well as in far reaches of the world. Vanderbilt International Properties is a proud, long-time supporter of Newport International Polo.
“While we represent many buyers and sellers for unique luxury properties, we are happy to work with everyone from first home buyers to helping a client find the perfect cozy cottage” explains Principle Broker Stacie Mills. “We believe in building long term relationships with our valued clients, many who become friends”.
The polo matches are one of destination Newport’s unique traditions & renown attractions, dating back to 1876 when Newport’s sporting set founded America’s first polo club. Members of the Vanderbilt family were among the earliest players of the new pastime.
Rivals in business and New York society, the Asters, Vanderbilts and other notable scions would convene annually in Newport for summer retreats. As leisure & sporting pursuits became the gentlemanly form of one-upmanship, dueling fell out of fashion and several new traditions became mainstays including Polo, Sailing, Tennis, Golf, and eventually automobile racing, among lasting American institutions. Influencers of their day, they brought about many cultural changes from sports, art, technology and social & political reform, shaping Newport’s rise to prominence to this day as an international seaside sport and resort destination, and one of America's most desirable places to live and work.
Gilded Age themes will provide inspiration for the Stella Artois Tailgate Contest, back by popular demand as the world's #1 Belgian beer, Stella Artois toasts the most spirited Newport Polo fans each Saturday. Special guest judges scout the perimeter to find the most festive Tailgate, Picnic Patch or Pavilion Table, awarding a coveted prize and Jumbotron moment of fame.
Color commentary is provided by William Crisp, arguably the most highly respected polo commentator in the world. The match will begin with an Official Coin Toss following the player introductions and the US National anthem, with a half-time intermission, and conclude with the Newport Polo Fan Salute around the perimeter, a 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 with representatives from Vanderbilt International Properties awarding the sterling silver Vanderbilt Cup, inaugurated in 2010.
Under a State-approved plan of reduced capacity with socially-distanced tables in the Davitt Pavilion, fieldside Tailgates and Picnic Patches on the lawn at the polo grounds, sold-out audiences have enjoyed the Newport International Polo Series polo matches every Saturday since Opening Day on June 6, where spectators for generations 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.
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.
The Polo Series is scheduled to continue for the next 12 weeks, every Saturday through September. The schedule of teams is subject to change, as per State mandates in effect at the time, on international travel and Adult Sports. Tickets are by online reservation only, supported by a Wait List, at www.nptpolo.com.
The International Polo Grounds are located on the acreage of Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI. This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of a pre-colonial settlement from the 1600’s that became the Town of Portsmouth's original gentlemen's farm, an 800-acre manorial estate established during a Gilded Age movement of retreat from the high life into pastoral country acres.
Its classical 19th century stone barns and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by Polo Series founder, Dan Keating in the early ‘90’s and continue to thrive as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.
Minutes from the bustling Newport waterfront, the polo grounds’ proximity to the shore provides a cooling coastal effect for late afternoon polo throughout the summer, continuing a 5-week trend of mild weather conditions in the weekend forecast.
Amenities at the polo match include beverage service offered for patrons seated within Pavilion, and carry-out service for patrons in Tailgates & Chalets from the Davitt Pavilion Patio Bar, plus beverage delivery from the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cart. See Hospitality & Amenities for details and menus. Specialty vendors in the Vendor Village at the polo grounds include the Newport Polo Pro Shop. See Hospitality & Amenities for details and menus.
After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Newport Polo Fan Salute (no hand slapping) and the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation of the Vanderbilt Cup Presented by Vanderbilt International Properties Ltd..
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We are fortunate to have the leadership of State officials that have worked tirelessly for RI to be leading the nation in recovery. With their guidance, the modifications that are in place at the polo matches are to ensure everyone's safety when attending polo.
For a full schedule of experiences when visiting our destination, we are passing along the proven agendas of past polo teams, that 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.
Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Destination Newport’s unique & most renown traditions, 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 on the About Newport Polo page.
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. Attendees are advised to come prepared for all weather conditions, from sun to rain or other, since shelter at the venue is reserved in advance, and can't be overcrowded. 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.
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 Guru, Newport 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.