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Gallo Thomas Invitational

Opening Day

Time: June 6, 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 begins on Saturday, June 6th, 2020 at 5pm for the Gallo Thomas Invitational.  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.

Ticket & Parking Options:


Pavilion - $30/person for reserved seating at tables in the centerfield 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.  Private seating areas for groups include Tent (76+), Main Deck (40), and Upper Deck (44+).  All seats are handicap accessible except Upper Deck.  Beverage service provided; no outside beverages permitted. You may bring food into the Pavilion.

Modern Luxury Polo Lounge - $80/person on 6/13, 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 service to your table, 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:

Pavilion Parking - A limited number of Pavilion parking spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, directed by Newport Polo parking attendants.  They will fill up quickly.  Additional parking is in any of the nearby General Parking areas.

Pavilion Season Subscriptions - $275 - $3,600 (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) for admission to Reserved Tailgate or Chalet only.  (requires Tailgate or Chalet reservation info to make purchase). Picnics of food beverage are welcome.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets for Lawn areas.  No unassigned lawn seating is available.  Gates open at 3pm / Noon in Sept. Lawn tickets are sold online only.  General Parking is free; Tailgates & Chalets reserved separately online only (see details below).

(Not AVAIL) Grandstand - $20/adult (kids free up to the age of 15) for bleacher style bench seating that overlooks the polo field from the west backline.

Lawn Pass - $175 (Member) offers superb value & benefits for individual lawn admission for the entire season.


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.  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 must be purchased in a separate online purchase, using 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.  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 using the Chalet reservation ticket number; no ticket sales at entry gates.

Corporate Tailgate - $2,500 (Season Membership option). Reserved Chalet for the season, central position on North perimeter, includes installed Chalet tent and nameplate.

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Match Info:

Season 29 of the Newport International Polo Series begins on Saturday, June 6th, 2020 at 5pm with the Gallo Thomas Invitational, an action-packed 6-chukker Opening Day polo match pitting the home team against a state rival.  Match Ticket & Parking options described above; make reservations using the links at the top!

During the match, beverage service for patrons seated within Pavilion, or carry-out service for will be offered from the Davitt Pavilion Patio Bar.  See Hospitality & Amenities for details and menus.

After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation.

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Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s most popular and enduring traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Spectator audiences enjoy the horsemanship and athleticism of the sport of polo in contests pitting the home team against its rivals from near and far, 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.  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 over 30 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, 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 Matthew J Atanian.


Polo, since 600 b.c. By the time Polo arrived on Newport’s shores during the Gilded Age, the sport was nearly 2500 years steeped in tradition, captivating newcomers as it swept the globe.  Newport's summer sporting set 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.