Sport of Kings: Polo in Newport, Rhode Island
By: Liz Froment
Starting in June each year, people from all over New England flock to Newport, Rhode Island. And no, it’s not just because it is the perfect oceanside destination to enjoy a beautiful summer day.
It’s because Newport is the host of the International Polo Series. Every weekend from June 1st through mid-September Newport hosts polo matches. These teams are from various cities across America and many countries from around the world.
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If you are a sports fan, then polo is certainly an event you don’t want to miss. It’s high on action, featuring lots of scoring with minimal downtime. And the highly entertaining British play by play announcer makes the game a lot of fun to watch.
Tailgating & More
The Polo Series is a great event to attend if you are on a road trip through the area since it is perfect for tailgating. In fact, around the playing field, there are tailgating spots specifically reserved if you want a front-row seat to the action while you are grilling.
If you don’t have all the necessary grilling equipment with you, not to worry, swing by the local grocery store or sandwich shop and pick up a few supplies. You are allowed to bring in food and drink whether you have an assigned tailgate spot or not and tickets can be bought right at the main entrance in cash.
You can grab a piece of lawn to enjoy the game with the other spectators, or pay a little more and get a seat in the stands. Food and drinks are also sold at the game. Therefore, you don’t have to do anything other than show up!
It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon after a day at the beach or strolling around in Newport.
In addition to the annual matches held here, polo lessons are available. With a variety of instructors to choose from, no matter what skill level you are, they are there to cater a broad range of abilities.
To experience a polo match up and close and personal, start planning your next getaway to Newport, Rhode Island. If you’ve been before, we’d love to hear about your experience.