“There is no down time in polo,” says Mariana Castro, marketing director for Greenwich Polo Club.
As the players gallop from Wellington, Florida, in the winter to the Northeast and England in spring/summer and to Argentina in the fall, they are the center of their adoring fans’ attention.
Trouble is they don’t always get to share as much time with those fans as everyone would like in what is nevertheless one of the most social of sports.
No longer. Welcome to the Players’ Lounge, new this year to Greenwich Polo Club. From 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays during the season, sponsors and VIP guests will have a chance to mingle with players who are not on the field that day in a space that features live music and a bar, The Cup Bearer, whose offerings include The Macallan single malt Scotch whisky and Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
But what about those players who are on the field? They’ll have an opportunity to relax after the match at The Public Bar, which will now remain open until 8 p.m. Here players and fans alike will enjoy Argentine barbecue and music spun by DJs in a setting sponsored by Veuve Clicquot. On opening day, June 10, the special guest DJ will be Calu Rivero, an Argentine actress, model and designer.
There will be more action on the field as well, Castro says, in response to the sellout crowds that throng the emerald expanse in Greenwich’s backcountry. A new tournament sponsored by Shreve, Crump & Low — the Greenwich Avenue jeweler — will kick off the season June 10 and 17. Then it’s the return of the Monty Waterbury Cup June 24. On July 1, the Cup concludes with a private charity event for which the public can buy advance tickets only. Then it’s the Silver Cup once more on July 8, 15 and 22. The action then shifts to Long Island before returning to Greenwich for the East Coast Open Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 and 9 to round out the season there.
Once again there will be a race between machine and animal, this time involving a Filipacchi bike and a polo pony. There will also be a Cars & Coffee event June 17 — sponsored by longtime Greenwich Polo partner Tesla — with a luxe car rally from Greenwich Avenue to the field.
Indeed, there is nothing quite so tantalizing as Greenwich Polo’s blend of horse power and powerful horses.
Matches take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at 1 Hurlingham Drive, with the gates opening at 1. Tickets start at $40 per car for open-lawn seating and shade tents on a first-come, first-served basis. Dress is described on the website as “summer picnic chic.” (Don’t forget your hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.) Leashed pets are welcome.
For advance tickets (recommended), ticket categories and corporate opportunities, visit greenwichpoloclub.com.