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On Saturday, June 3rd at 5 pm, Peru will make its debut as the 33rd nation to compete against USA, on Opening Day of theNBC10 Newport International Polo Series XXVI, Presented by BMW.
The 6-chukker exhibition polo match will feature USA vs. Peru for a duration of approximately 2 hours. The match will commence with the raising of the Peruvian flag and national anthems and will conclude with an après polo culinary celebration with dance performances and world renown cuisine (by reservation: Après Polo – Machu Pulu).
The action kicks off Opening Day with the debut of Peru on Sat., June 3rd at 5pm and runs continuously every Saturday through September, with fierce rivals including Peru, France, Italy, Ireland, Mexico (guests of honor for Gala la Bamba), Jamaica, England and the return of the Dominican Republic. Rivals from major US cities include Boston, Pittsburgh, Palm Beach, Philly, New York and Baltimore.
Après Polo & Special Events range from the Season Kickoff Party at Clarke Cooke House, Team Meet & Greet events to festive après polo celebrations after each international match.
Competing for Peru will be Iago Masias, Santiago de Osma, Adrian Poblete and Jose Aramburú. from the Lima Polo Club, founded in 1898. “It is an honor to host teams that travel such vast distances to accept our invitation,” explained Dan Keating, USA team captain and founder of the Polo Series.
Tickets to the match ($12 for General Admission and $20 for Pavilion seating) and to the après polo field-side dinner are available at www.nptpolo.com.
Peruvian team headquarters will be at Hotel Viking, an iconic hotel in uptown Newport, renown for superior guest accommodations, exceptional cuisine, rooftop entertainment, European spa and desirable Bellevue Avenue address. For information about its Polo Overnight Package, call Hotel Viking at (401) 847-3300, or visit hotelviking.com. The team will tour the famed Newport Mansions, enjoy helicopter tours with Birds Eye View, paddle boarding and surfing with Island Surf & Sport, tennis on the legendary courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, sail on 12 meter racing yachts with America’s Cup Charters, cruise the sights by scooter, bike, or scoot coupe, enjoy fine dining and dancing at the Clarke Cooke House, and all the great goings on in the City by the Sea.
During the match, a weekly door prize drawing will award a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and the Best Tailgate prize from Stella Artois will be awarded. After 6 periods, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, as well as an autograph signing and cocktail hour to mingle with the players and a special Après Polo event, Machu Pulu. Specialty vendors and concessionaires will be present in the Hospitality village at the polo grounds, including the Twisted Pony Bar, Newport Polo Pro Shop, and other specialty vendors and gourmet food trucks.
3 Opening Day: USA vs. Peru 5 pm Après Polo: Machu Pulu – Peruvian ceviche and specialties; sold separately by advanced reservation
10 Clarke Cooke Cup 5 pm
17 USA vs. France † 5 pm Après Polo: Louie Louie – Bastille banquet; sold separately by advanced reservation
24 Newport vs. Boston 5 pm *VIP Lounge
1 Independence Cup 5 pm
8 USA vs. Italy † 5 pm Après Polo: Ciao Bella – Italian scallion; sold separately by advanced reservation
15 Newport vs. Pittsburgh 5 pm *VIP Lounge
22 USA vs. Ireland † 5 pm Après Polo: Asado Lamb Roast… a traditional celebration offering fresh lamb slow- roasted by Argentine masters in the art, to the utmost of tenderness
29 Newport vs. Palm Beach 5 pm *VIP Lounge
4 Gala la Bamba 7 pm Rosecliff
5 USA vs. Mexico † 5 pm Après Polo: New England Lobsterbake… an authentic native American culinary ritual prepared fieldside by legendary McGrath Clambakes, over hot coals and steamed under a bed of freshly harvested local seaweed, not to be missed
12 Newport vs. Philadelphia 5 pm *VIP Lounge
19 USA vs. Jamaica † 5 pm Après Polo: Jerk Grill… a taste of Jamaican jerk pork, chicken & goat served with an assortment of traditional side dishes
26 Newport vs. New York 5 pm *VIP Lounge
2 USA vs. England † 4 pm Après Polo: Satisfaction! – Shellfish bonanza; sold separately by advanced reservation
9 Newport vs. Baltimore 4 pm *VIP Lounge
16 USA vs. Dominican Republic 4 pm
23 New England Challenge 4 pm Après Polo: Oscar de la Plenta – fashionably fun; sold separately by advanced
30 Finals 4 pm
Schedule subject to change
The Newport International Polo Grounds are located at Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI.
For more information, visit www.nptpolo.com.