The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Presented by Talking Stick Resort, concluded its 10th anniversary on the polo fields at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
On Saturday, Oct. 23, according to a press release, there was a “celebration of new teams, new victories and new attendees,” as more than 12,000 fans supported the 10th anniversary that welcomed teams from Arizona, Aspen Valley, Argentina, Bogota and Medellin Colombia, as well as Wellington, Florida and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ticket revenue for the 2021 event increased more than 180% compared to 2019. The numbers were pleasant for The Polo Party’s Title Sponsor Bentley Scottsdale which returned for its seventh year, according to the release.
“The festivities and the enthusiastic crowds were an incredible sight to see on Saturday,” said Beli Merdovic, GM of Bentley Scottsdale in the release. “It’s a strong indication that the Valley and polo fans are ready to get out again and that they did by enjoying a great day of polo and luxury.”
Among the new attractions for 2021 a complimentary zip line that greeted guests in the parking lot for a ride to the front entrance and a morning beer festival that greeted polo goers upon entry into the all-day event.
The event featured four matches with top players including polo legend Nic Roldan as well as Melissa Ganzi and son Grant Ganzi, along with other top players from around the world.
Sponsored by Edmiston, Aspen Valley, the nation’s fastest growing polo club won an unprecedented sixth title Saturday in front of a largest crowd of the day, noted the release.
The sport of polo is said to be the centerpiece of The Polo Party. Event founder and Scottsdale public relations executive Jason Rose is credited for raising the event’s bar every year since he started it in 2011.
This year had many new sponsors for the festivities including Draft Kings, Go Puff and Cayman Islands, the release added.
In addition to the polo, fans enjoyed favorites like The Canine Couture Dog Fashion Show presented by Lugari Pet Salon, the World’s Longest Catwalk Fashion Show on Grass produced by Phoenix Fashion Week, a preview of Barrett-Jackson’s 2022 Car Collector Scottsdale Auction and performances by the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.