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Newport Polo: USA vs. South Africa

August 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Season 28 of the Newport International Polo Series, Presented by Brahmin will feature USA vs. South Africa on August 3rd, 2019 at 5pm. After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing to meet the players, and the annual Après Polo: Lobsterbake celebration.

On the eve of the match, the highlight of the summer will begin with a Gala Pre-Party at The Chanler for a Meet & Greet reception for the USA and South African Team, followed by Diamonds Are Forever, the Newport Polo Club’s 19th annual International Polo Charity Ball.

During Saturday’s polo match, a weekly Door Prize drawing will award a special gift from Brahmin to one lucky winner, and our contest for the Best Tailgate will be awarded a coveted prize and jumbotron moment of fame, courtesy of Stella Artois. Specialty vendors and concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, including the Twisted Pony Cocktail Bar, Horseshoe Wine Bar, Newport Polo Pro Shop, and several other unique specialty vendors and gourmet food truck concessionaires.

For specific details about the players, concessions & amenities for this match, plus venue information and other details, sign up to receive the Game Day Scorecard on Saturday, by private subscription (sign up). Stay current with all 2019 season announcements, latest news & event invitations, and more by subscription to our monthly Emagazine (sign up). Both subscriptions are private and spam free.

While in Newport, the South African team will tour the famed Newport Mansions, enjoy helicopter tours with Newport Helicopter Tours, paddle boarding and surfing with Island Surf & Sport, tennis on the legendary courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, sailing 12 meter racing yachts with America’s Cup Charters, cruising the sights by scooter, bike, or scoot coupes from Scooter World, cocktailing, dinner & dancing on the eve of the match 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 grandest & most popular traditions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Audiences of several thousand spectators enjoy the contests against international teams, as well as teams representing major US cities, playing against the home team 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 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 18 weeks of polo action.

This is the 28th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from over 30 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 2019 sponsors including Gallo|Thomas Insurance, Brahmin, Davitt Inc, Turkish Airlines, TD Bank, Boston Common, Gurney’s, The Vanderbuilt, Hotel Viking, The Chanler, Vanderbilt International Properties, Veuve Clicquot, Clarke Cooke House, Stella Artois, Rockstar Limo, Atria Senior Living, Goslings, Where Boston, McGrath Clambakes, Equine Journal and promotional partners that entertain our visiting teams & VIPs including the Newport Harbor Guide, Exquisite Events, Newport Sports Fishing Charters, International Tennis Hall of Fame, America’s Cup Charters, Newport Helicopter Tours, The Cocktail Guru, Newport Mansions, Island Surf and Sport, and Scooter World. Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partners, Van Liew Trust, Tanglewood, 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.

L’esprit de Polo has flourished in Newport, RI, home of America’s first polo club, since 1876. Newport Polo hosts the Newport International Polo Series 28 public exhibition matches, and offers polo club member services for grass & arena polo, and polo instruction year-round; founding member of the United States Polo Association.


Newport Polo Grounds
250 Linden Lane
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Newport International Polo
(401) 846-0200