This year, the South Australian Polo Association (SAPA) are piloting a non-corporate, social marquee at the 2014 Polo in the City. Ticket sales are specifically targeted at ‘friends of polo’, namely those who are either interested in attending games throughout the year, as spectators or learning to play polo themselves.
Information on yearly events and introductory packages will be available in the marquee, where patrons can rub shoulders with polo players and polo event organisers. Attendees will be added to a club mailing list to receive invitations to future polo events throughout the year such as the Barr Smith Cup and Chris Verco Cup.
As SAPA’s debut year hosting a marquee at the Polo in the City, ticket prices are very accessible. $160 pp includes entry into the marquee lounge, food, beverages and a decent vista of the on and off field action.
SAPA bus tickets can also be purchased for those who wish to kick on at the famous Polo in the City after party (location not yet confirmed).
With over 50% of the marquee already occupied, remaining tickets available to new friends of polo are limited and selling fast.
“The Polo in the City series has been fantastic in facilitating interest in polo by bringing it to the people in an urban context. SAPA’s ambition is to make playing polo easier at an entry level, and encourage a new generation of statewide interest in the sport,” says SAPA Chairman, Luke Rowley.
“There are exciting things happening in the world of polo all the time that people simply don’t know about. We plan to change that. For example, the University of Sydney have recently formed Australia’s first ever University Polo team and there are talks that Bond University is interested in organising Australia’s first ever inter varsity polo match. We hope that Adelaide will follow suit. Polo is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia. There is no reason why South Australia cannot lead the way.”
For those who are game, if you can ride a horse you are halfway there. Ponies and equipment can be leased, and lessons are available. It’s a lifestyle sport that is truly addictive.”
Tickets can be purchased via Facebook.