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Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Excitement is swelling for the June 2nd Opening day of the NBC-10 Newport International Polo Series XXVII, presented by BMW. Added amenities, a Bike's First program, and new social traditions are sure to delight polo fans all season long.
New Scoreboard & Jumbotron: 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. Anticipated to go live in mid-July.
Debut of Poland: This season, Poland with be the 34th nation to debut in the Polo Series on Opening Day, June 2 at 5PM. The origins of polo in Poland date back to the late 19th century when a family of Polish aristocrats established a team at their Lancut estate and traveled Central Europe competing against teams in Austria, Hungary, and Germany. Following the World Wars, polo reemerged in 2002, and today has grown to 7 hubs throughout the country.
Bikes First: Polo is partnering with Bike Newport to put bikes first this season. Arrive at a polo match by bike and jump to the head of the line for priority entry at the gates. Be sure to bring your own lock to secure your bike at one of the on-site racks. View routes from Downtown Newport to Polo Grounds, tips and resources at www.bikenewport.org.
Parties Galore: The polo social scene just got a boost with the addition of a Tartan Shindig, Bollygood fundraiser, Après Polo fun after every international match, climaxing at Sunset in Marrakesh to meet and greet the Moroccan Team before adjourning to the 18th annual International Polo Charity Ball. The complete list of events and RSVPs is on Schedule/Tickets.
Polo Venue Amenities
Horshoe Wine Bar & New Twisted Pony Menu: Opening on June 2, the Horshoe Wine Bar will feature weekly tastings of wines from around the world, plus will be a quick serve location for wine & beer, located next to the Pro Shop. Mixology fans can visit the Twisted Pony to enjoy an all-new specialty cocktail menu created by the renowned Cocktail Guru.
Pro Shop Limited Editions: Latest 2018 collection, plus new limited edition team gear arriving weekly in the field-side and online.
Clicquot on the Go: Champagne delivered to your polo party? Yes, please! The Clicquot Cart is coming this summer, circling the polo field with perfectly chilled bottles. More to be announced.
Discovery Zone: A new fan experience, to play, learn, and, of course, take selfies. Coming soon.