Fair Skies, Navy Band Hail New England Challenge

Date:    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A patriotic opening concert by the Navy Band Northeast will precede the New England Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 10, shaping up to be one of the best polo matches for a late summer reprise at the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series, presented by your Rhode Island BMW Centers.

“With regional teams at peak performance, and field conditions superb, we are tuning up for a competitive match with New England’s best players this Saturday,” explained Dan Keating, Newport team captain and founder of the Polo Series. “We have been lucky with great weather, ensuring this next match to be another highlight of our 25th Anniversary Season”.

Established in 1974, the Navy Band Northeast is based on board Naval Station Newport and is one of the 11 official United States Navy bands worldwide, and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the Northeastern United States. Under the direction of Lieutenant Gregory Fritz, this group of 35 professional Navy musicians supports more than 300 engagements annually throughout an 11-state area throughout the Northeast United States. The Navy Band will play marches and patriotic music from 3:30, concluding with the National Anthem.

Gates open at noon for additional pre-match entertainment hosted by Cox, with opportunities to practice your polo swing from life-size wooden horses from the penalty shot position, as well as wine tasting and Dog Park privileges at the polo grounds. Specialty vendors and gourmet food trucks offer concessions and amenities in the Vendor Village. A $150 gift certificate to one of Newport’s trendiest new downtown restaurants will be awarded by Cox in the weekly door prize drawing, and the winner of the Best Tailgate Contest will receive the prized Tailgate Picnic Trunk ensemble from Stella Artois. After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation by representatives from Clarke Cooke House, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players.

September matches begin at 4pm, with seating & beverage service at the centerfield Pavilion starting at 2pm (by advanced reservation for $20/person), and noon access to Lawn Seating ($12/adult in advance or at the gate) for early arrival and picnicking in the bucolic setting at the International Polo Grounds, Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth.

Witness the exciting polo action -remaining schedule for the 25th Anniversary Season.

About Newport International Polo Series:

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Minutes from downtown Newport, the International Polo Grounds are located at historic Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane 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 Newport Polo founder, Dan Keating, and thrive today as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Jubilee season as a global ambassador to the sport of polo, teams from more than 30 countries have taken to the field for the Newport International Polo Series, including challengers from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore and Monaco.

Our longevity would not be possible without the support of our sponsors from NBC - 10, BMW, ALEX AND ANI, Cox, Forty 1° North, Veuve Clicquot, NAVSTA Newport, RISD Executive Education, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Lufthansa, Green Gear Global, WaterRower, Atria Senior Living, Shreve Crump & Low, Hotel Viking, Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa, Vanderbilt International Properties, Clarke Cooke House, McGrath Clambakes, Newport Daily News and promotional partners including The Preservation Society of Newport, Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours, America's Cup Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Island Surf and Sport, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions and Discover Newport.

Newport Polo is the host of the Newport International Polo Series, and home of America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services and instruction for outdoor & arena polo. Est. in 1876; founding member of the United States Polo Association.