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Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Newport Polo is partnering with Gallo Thomas Insurance on a JUMBO project. Polo fans can expect a new multi-media experience this season with the installation of a video scoreboard. The project has been in development for some time, with an anticipated completion in mid-July. The video scoreboard will offer new opportunities for fans to learn about polo, meet the players and horses, and even see their messages or themselves on the big screen.
This exciting project is made possible through the support and partnership of Gallo Thomas Insurance, an independent firm protecting the businesses, homes, and families of New England for almost 70 years. As an independent insurance broker, Gallo Thomas represents over 30 distinguished carriers who enable it to provide the most cost-effective solutions backed by personal relationships with clients that extend beyond the office and into the field during a crisis.
"Gallo Thomas and Newport Polo have become home-town institutions by building a great experience that keeps customers coming back," said Thomas J. DiSanto, president of Gallo Thomas Insurance. "We are proud to be the Official Insurance Broker of the Newport International Polo Series".
The 30-foot video wall will replace the existing scoreboard that has greeted fans entering the grounds for the last decade. The new installation will be located on the east end of the field, opposite the current scoreboard. The move will free up space in the General Admission open seating area that is blocked by the existing structure. Planned programming will feature rules explanations for fans to gain an in-depth understanding of polo, player and pony video bios to meet the athletes competing each week, highlight venue amenities and special guests of the day, and give fans interactive opportunities with social media feeds and personal messages. A fan message portal will be published online to accept personal announcements for the upcoming events. Advertising opportunities may be available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The best sports experiences in the world incorporate video to immerse fans in the thrill of the chase," comments Newport Polo President, Dan Keating. "Newport Polo will be one of the first polo clubs in the United States to debut a video board, bringing fans even closer to the action."
Over 140 years since its founding as the Westchester Polo Club, Newport Polo is still at the forefront of polo in America. Unveiling of the video scoreboard and fan message portal will be announced as construction nears completion. Be the first in the know by subscription to our Emagazine (sign up) and Gameday Scorecard (sign up). Both subscriptions are private and spam free.
Best. Season. Ever. Make it yours! Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series XXVII, and is the home of America's first polo club, est. in 1876, and a founding member of the United States Polo Association, offering public exhibition matches, polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round.