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Newport Polo: Turkish Airlines Finals

Saturday, September 28th, 2024 at 4pm: The last glory of 2024 will be won or lost on September 28 for the Turkish Airlines Finals when a Grand Prize Trip for 2 will be drawn. Recent years have closed the season with a battle of the sexes when Newport’s top women face the men in the age-old contest. Often, only one or two goals separate the final outcome in one of the few sports with co-ed competition at all levels.

Gates Open at Noon | Pavilion Opens at 3PM: to avoid last-minute entry traffic delays, enjoy pre-game refreshments, amplified music, games on the field, shopping, and socializing. The match will begin with national anthem(s), player introductions, and Official Coin Toss. Halftime intermission includes a stroll on the polo field for the divot stomp, a ‘treading in’ to replace divots, a time-honored tradition to repair the field for the second half.

Door Prize Drawing: attendees are encouraged to submit a door prize raffle entry by the end of halftime, for a chance to win a handsome, weekly door prize awarded that day; all eligible weekly winners will automatically be included in the Turkish Airlines Grand Prize drawing for a chance to win round-trip business class airfare for 2 anywhere on Turkish Airlines!

Best in Show: Stella Artois toasts the most spirited Newport Polo fans with a prize package to the party that best captures the theme for this match, in a weekly competition with changing themes for each match in the 2024 Stella Artois Best in Show contest. Judges will scout the venue to find the best bacchanal, including picnic decor, banquets, tablescapes & attire, awarding a coveted prize and Jumbotron moment of fame. This tradition is a tribute to our fans that continue to show their spirit and love of polo, earning Best Tailgating in New England from Yankee Magazine and for making the Newport Polo experience par excellence. Our resident style photographer will capture souvenir portraits of festive parties, available from Cocoa & Co..

Hospitality & Amenities: From 2:30PM, the Patio Bar is open for beverage service to tables within the Pavilion, and carry-out service, for patrons throughout the venue, offering a selection of specialty cocktails created by The Cocktail Guru, premium spirits, boutique wines, imported & craft malt beverages, and soft drinks. Licensed Gourmet Food Trucks dish out popular refreshments including handmade pizza, lobster rolls, deluxe hotdogs, charcuterie boards, seafood chowder, and premium desserts, while specialty vendors present exclusive gifts, and the official sportswear & souvenir collection is available exclusively in the fieldside Pro Shop. See Hospitality & Amenities for details and menus. Expert commentary of the polo action is provided over the PA, and instant replays and live-action are produced on the polo world’s first Jumbotron.

Closing Ceremony: After 6 periods of competition, called chukkers, the match will conclude with a victory lap by the teams as they circle the field in the Newport Polo Fan Salute – a tradition originating at the Newport International Polo Series in 2003, and now emulated at polo clubs around the world – followed by the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation, autograph signing, and an après polo cocktail hour celebration at the Patio Bar to conclude festivities. A catered menu will be on offer fieldside to enjoy with the players by advanced reservations. Details TBA.

Dating back more than 130 years in Newport, the polo matches are one of Newport’s unique traditions and world-renowned attractions, a living legacy from the Gilded Age, and open to the public. Spectator audiences enjoy the athletic display and horsemanship every Sat, June thru Sept. at 5 PM / 4 PM in Sept.


September 28
4:00 pm
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Newport Polo
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Portsmouth, RI 02871 United States
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