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Independence Cup

Modern Luxury Polo Lounge

Time: July 4, 2020 5:00 PM

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

More Info:

Season 29 of the Newport International Polo Series will feature the Independence Cup to honor America's foremost holiday on Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at 5pm.  Ticket & Parking options and match details explained below.  To make a  purchase, click on the words Pavilion, Tailgate, Chalet or Lawn 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. 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

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 II allowable group size = 15; contact ryan@nptpolo.com) include Tent (requires purchase of 48 seats), Main Deck (15), and Upper Deck (requires purchase of 20 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 reserved Tailgates and Chalets.  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.  Tiickets 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;

12 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. 

Parking

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 10' 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 10' 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.  

Jumbotron Messages / Tents / Grills / Picnics / Refunds

Match Info:

The Independence Cup will return on Saturday, July 4 at 5pm for the 29th season of the Newport International Polo Series, setting the stage for a friendly 6-chukker rivalry between political foes for the celebration of the birth of our nation's independence in 1776. Gates open at 3pm.

The polo matches are one of destination Newport’s unique traditions & renown attractions, dating back to the nation’s centennial summer of 1876 when America’s first polo club was founded in Newport.

Back by popular demand this season, the Stella Artois Best Tailgate Contest will provide a perfect backdrop for patriotic themes for attendees, 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 picnics and Pavilion Tables, awarding a coveted prize and Jumbotron moment of fame.  On hand to preside over the popular contest this Saturday will be guest judge Ryan Belmore, Owner/Publisher of WhatsUpNewp.

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 State Representative Terri Cortvriend, District 72 awarding the Independence Cup – Paul Revere Liberty bowl.

Under a State-approved plan of reduced capacity with socially-distanced tables in the Davitt Pavilion and fieldside tailgate picnic plots 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.  The full details can be found at https://bit.ly/2AZDTGi

The Polo Series is scheduled to continue for the next 13 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 colonial settlement from the 1600’s that became the Town of Portsmouth's original gentlemen's farm, a 700-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, continuing a month-long trend of mild weather conditions in the weekend forecast.  

The Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2020 sponsors including Gallo|Thomas InsuranceDavittBoston CommonHotel VikingThe ChanlerThe Newport Harbor Hotel & MarinaVanderbilt International PropertiesVeuve ClicquotClarke Cooke HouseStella ArtoisROCKSTAR LimoAtria Senior LivingGoslingsMcGrath Clambakes and Catering, and promotional partners including The Cocktail GuruNewport Jaguar ToursNewport Helicopter ToursAmerica's Cup ChartersInternational Tennis Hall of FameNewport MansionsIsland Surf and SportNewport Sport Fishing ChartersProvidence River Boat Company, and Newport Harbor Guide.  Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partnerships, Van Liew TrustTanglewood, 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.

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, as sheltered areas are limited, offered by reservation.  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. 

 

AMENITIES: 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.  The Modern Luxury Polo Lounge under the tent offers premium all-inclusive service with beverage & catered hors d'hoeuvres.  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.

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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.

Info about the Polo Series, our venue, concessions & amenities, and other information can be found on the About Newport Polo page.

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.

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.