PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — As Season 27 nears completion, polo action will be amped up this Saturday for the New England Pro-Am, hosted by the NBC10 Newport International Polo Series and presented by BMW.
The match takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. at the Portsmouth polo grounds.
“We saved the best for last. Our fans will witness speed, strategy, and maneuvers from teams anchored by two of the best pros in the region,” said Dan Keating, captain of the Newport squad and founder of the Polo Series.
The New England Pro-Am will showcase top regional players competing in a classic 6-chukker Autumn match, with favorable weather forecasts.
“With players at peak performance, and field conditions superb, we are tuning up for a fast and furious match with New England’s best players this Saturday,” said Keating.
After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast and Trophy Presentation, with celebrity prize presenter Dan Jaehnig from the NBC10 news team, as well as an autograph signing and Autumn Equinox cocktail celebration at the Twisted Pony bar with the players.
During the match, a weekly door prize drawing will award a Newport Helicopter Tour for 2, for an aerial view of the famed mansions, to a lucky winner from among the raffle entries of the day, and the Best Tailgate Contest will bestow a coveted prize and jumbotron moment of fame, courtesy of Stella Artois. Specialty vendors and concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, including the Twisted Pony Cocktail Bar, Horseshoe Wine Bar, Newport Polo Pro Shop, and other specialty vendors and gourmet food trucks.
Tickets to the match ($15 for General Admission and $25 for Pavilion seating) are available online at www.nptpolo.com.
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.