The Urban Polo circuit returns for the twelfth consecutive year in 2017, with the acclaimed Land Rover Polo in the City launching in Sydney on Saturday 18 November, before touring Australia’s capital cities and concluding in Adelaide on Friday 15 December.
Administered independently by the Urban Polo Association Pty Limited (UPA), Urban Polo has been described as the ‘Twenty20’ of polo, credited with bringing ‘polo to the people’ with a strong emphasis on premium hospitality and fashion. “Land Rover Polo in the City is a highly civilised outing.
There is no gambling and the social and fashion elements are embedded in the event fabric, offering a relaxed and intimate experience.
The players mingle with the crowd before and after the games, giving spectators the chance to meet and interact with players and their horses,” said UPA Founder Janek Gazecki.
“The short form style of polo makes for a faster and quicker game, bringing the spectators closer to the action, removing many of the technical fouls and focusing on safety”.
It is these unique elements that have lead Urban Polo to become the largest polo series in the world, inspiring spin off events such as ‘Polo in the Park’ in London and the ‘Veuve Clicquot Classic’ in NY.
This year’s Land Rover Polo in the City will herald the launch of World Series Polo, a platform which aims to combine like-minded events from across the world into a centrally coordinated international Urban Polo series.
The UPA will play host to the Haiti Polo Team, led by UNESCO ambassador Claude-Alix Bertrand, alongside Francisco Pizarro, who will take on Team Australia in the first international tournament in Urban Polo history.
“We have heard a great deal about Urban Polo across the international polo community and, in particular, the Land Rover Polo in the City series. It is with great excitement that I bring the official Haiti Polo Team to Australia, with the support of the Haitian Ministry of Tourism, for this historic occasion, and for what is sure to be a closely contested national series,” said Haitian Captain Claude-Alix Bertrand.
Ambassador Bertrand travels the world using polo as a platform for diplomatic engagement, promoting bilateral relations and pursuing a humanitarian agenda.
Urban Polo Association will announce a charity partner supporting a worthy cause in Haiti over the coming weeks. In addition to Corporate and VIP Hospitality, the Somersby Polo Lounge returns in 2017 to offer spectators one of the best vantage points for all the action in a comfortable ‘cider garden’ style marquee, with guests entertained by a DJ and band in between games, and premium food and beverage selection for sale.
A new mid-point option has also been introduced, in the guise of the Miami Polo Club, which offers a ticket inclusive of food and beverage, at a price point between the VIP Marquee and the Polo Lounge.
Land Rover Polo in the City guests will also be encouraged to partake in ‘time honoured’ polo traditions throughout the day including the men and women’s dash and divot stomp.
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Land Rover Polo in the City via Ticketek with prices for the Somersby Polo Lounge starting at $69.
Sydney, Centennial Park, Saturday 18 November 2017, Tickets from $140.00
Brisbane, Dorrington Park, Saturday 25 November 2017, Tickets from $86.00
Melbourne, Albert Park, Saturday 2 December 2017, Tickets from $107.00
Perth, Langley Park, Saturday 9 December 2017, Tickets from $76.00
Adelaide, Victoria Park, Friday 15 December 2017, Tickets from $69.00
The team behind Land Rover Polo in the City is excited to present the 2017 series and is confident that together with its selection of premium and loyal sponsors, including Land Rover, Hilton, Pol Roger, Somersby Cider, Asahi Super Dry, CGU and Politix, among others, will ensure this year is the most sensational series to date.