Newport Polo’s Stella Challenge Arrives on a Stellar Weekend

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Season 29 of the Newport International Polo Series continues with the Stella Challenge on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. when Newport faces off against Stella Artois for a 6-chukker showdown.

Notice of COVID-19 Policies in effect: Seating capacity is limited for social distancing. 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 – $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 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:].

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) available online only, for admission to reserved Tailgates and Chalets only.  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.  Lawn tickets are sold online only.  No ticket sales at the entry gates.  Parking is at reserved Tailgate or Chalet.

(NOT AVAIL) Lawn or Grandstand –  $20/adult (kids free up to the age of 15) Unassigned lawn or bleacher style bench seating that overlooks the polo field from the west backline.

Lawn Pass – $175 (Member) offers superb value & benefits for individual admission for use with reserved Tailgate or Chalet.


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:

Season 29 of the Newport International Polo Series continues with the Stella Challenge on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 at 5pm when Newport faces off against Stella Artois for a 6-chukker showdown.  Match Ticket & Parking options described above.  Select & purchase match tickets using the links at the top!

Back by popular demand, the Stella Artois Tailgate Contest, will award a weekly prize & jumbotron moment of fame to the most creatively decorated Tailgate or Table on the day, presided by Judge Christon of Newport Living & Lifestyles during the 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.

After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Newport Polo Fan Salute (no hand slapping) and the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation.

Jumbotron messages can be requested through the online portal.

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.

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s unique & most renown traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public.  Spectator audiences enjoy the athletic display and horsemanship 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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