Mark November 2, 2019 on your calendar with two words: POLO PARTY!
2019 is already promising to be the best polo event in 9 years. Kicking off the festivities is a military match featuring the U.S. Air Force vs. U.S. Marines, made possibly by Safeway Albertsons. That’s followed by all-time fan favorite Centtrip Wales Polo Team who will take on the Arizona Polo Club for the first time.
Our featured match up brings the reigning champs Aspen Valley Polo Team back to the desert with superstar Nacho Figueras and team captain Melissa Ganzi behind the reins. Aspen Valley will take on The Royal County Berkshire Polo Club, which is making its first appearance in Arizona. Prince Charles was the organization’s first member. Saturday wraps up with the charity match featuring Southwest Wildlife and Arizona Equine Rescue.
All day long enjoy other Scottsdale Polo Party firsts with one-of-a-kind performances from Arizona’s #1 obo player, an acoustic guitar showcase presented by Sanderson Lincoln, a “hip hopera” fusion and songs from Arizona’s most intriguing new musical, “Americano!” hitting the stage at the Phoenix Theatre in January 2020.
What's New This Year ...?
Some of the new additions include:
Performances during periods of polo play by the best oboe player in Arizona, “hip-hopera” performed by hip hop artist Ali Tomineek and the Phoenix Opera, an acoustic guitar showcase in the Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge and new songs from Americano!, America’s most anticipated musical in 2020. Collectively and individually the performances to the backdrop of the day’s polo matches are some of the most beautiful moments in American sport.
DJ-infused party tents courtesy of the Scottsdale-based Riot Hospitality Group including Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and Riot House as well as a new tent by Wasted Grain
An expanded event presence by Red Bull, which last year deployed its skydiving team prior to a match.
The return of the “World’s Farthest Rugby Sevens Match.” Led by Arizona State University’s rugby team watch amazing rugby action played on what may be the longest field ever utilized for a rugby sevens match, nearly two and half times longer than normal. The match will take place at a to be determined time on Saturday, between the polo action.
The return of The Apex Cup, courtesy of the landmark new Apex Motor Club in Maricopa, Arizona. A country club for car enthusiasts, the Apex Cup will recognize the top cars on site which will include collector cars courtesy of Barrett-Jackson, Ferrari Club of Arizona, Porsche Club, Scottsdale Corvette Club, Arizona Classic Thunderbird Club, AZ Lamborghini Club, Corvette Club of America, as well as cars of Apex members and dozens of other Arizona car owners.
New teams include The Marines, Air Force, and The Royal Berkshire Polo Club from England whose first member was Prince Charles.
Fun days of events including a Thursday night reception at Legacy Gallery followed by the Scottsdale Art Walk, then a Friday Night VIP Players & Sponsors Reception sponsored by Molina Fine Jewelers, then The Polo Party on Saturday and a Polo Clinic on Sunday.
What are you waiting for?
Reserve your spot now and come experience the Ninth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower for yourself!
Fan favorites returning include The Arizona Humane Society Canine Couture: A Dog Fashion Show Like No Other presented by Lugari Pet Salon, extensive exotic and collector car displays, The World’s Longest Catwalk Fashion Show by Phoenix Fashion Week, tailgating, the Barrett-Jackson Champagne & Jazz Lounge, PRIME: A Luxury Tent Experience by Neiman Marcus, Steak 44, Bentley Scottsdale, and Barrett-Jackson, the Molina Fine Jewelers VIP Tent, Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge, an unusual mid-field skybox where horses enter and exit the polo field, and numerous local restaurants and food trucks including Fried & Fizzy, Arizona’s first pop-up restaurant and food truck featuring fried chicken and champagne..
The captain of the Wales Polo Team calls it “the best polo event in the world.” The Arizona Republic has called the event “polo for the masses.” And they are right. From the affordable to the exclusive. From the underprivileged to the very privileged. All feel welcome and have a role in creating America’s most-attended polo event.