Barrett-Jackson to Host UK & USA’s Top Players in
Townsend Cup at Scottsdale Auction
It’s only fitting that one of the world’s most acclaimed arena polo competitions will return to the United States in 2017 and take place within a globally recognized automotive lifestyle event.
The Townsend Cup, in which teams from England and America have been competing since 1928, will take place at Barrett-Jackson, January 14-15, 2017. Encompassing over 74 acres at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Barrett-Jackson is attended by over 350,000 people per year and routinely sells over $100 million in collector cars. Within the facilities used by Barrett-Jackson is the Equidome, a top indoor equestrian arena with seating for 4,000 spectators.
Leading the American squad will be the country’s only 10-goal arena polo player, Tommy Biddle Jr. One of the biggest hitters in the sport, Biddle Jr. will be joined by Shane Rice and Team USPA member Jared Sheldon.
Crossing the pond for the United Kingdom is their own 10-goaler, Chris Hyde, along with Max Charlton and Ed Banner-Eve.
Two years ago, the USA won handily over the U.K. in Palm Springs, California.
The event will also feature the International Intercollegiate Challenge Cup with USA vs Britain as well as a USA vs U.K. military match.
“The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships have become one of the best outdoor polo events in the country and I very much enjoyed playing at the Equidome in 2012. Now, I can’t wait to play indoors against the best competition in the world and in such a unique and energetic atmosphere,” Biddle Jr. said.
“Auctioning the most beautiful cars in the world is the heart of Barrett-Jackson. But it has become so much more over the years; a lifestyle event like no other. We always try to give people new reasons to come or experience us all over again. We’ve never had this kind of horsepower at Barrett-Jackson before. It should be entertaining for our guests during the auction’s first weekend,” said Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson.
He noted that crowds the first Saturday and Sunday of Barrett-Jackson routinely top 25,000 per day.
“Besides staging our most significant events like the Townsend Cup, one of our missions at the United States Polo Association is to expose our sport to new audiences. This is a great opportunity to work with an internationally recognized brand and event like Barrett-Jackson. Those attending the matches will want to pick up a mallet and play after two great days of polo,” said Duncan Huyler, CEO of the United States Polo Association.
The two-day polo event is organized by the United States Polo Association, The Arizona Polo Association, Being The Change (a Phoenix-based polo club) and the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, and will present four matches.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
2:00pm ET: U.S. Military Arena Polo Team vs United Kingdom Military Polo Team
4:00pm ET: The Townsend Cup: USA vs England
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
3:00pm ET: International Intercollegiate Challenge Cup: USA vs Britain
5:00pm ET: The U.S. Sherman Cup Final
Tickets to Barrett-Jackson provide general admission to the Townsend Cup and other matches. Tickets may be purchased for the individual games Saturday (January 14) and Sunday (January 15) for $20 ($17 in advance). Tickets for VIP seating in the first two rows or in sections mid-arena cost $50. Both options can be purchased at Barrett-Jackson.com.