Sunday Polo Dec. 31st, 2017 – April 1st, 2018
BY LYNN BREMNER
November 2nd, 2017, Indio, CA – Empire Polo Club is pleased to announce their 2018 Polo Season schedule, which begins Sunday, December 31st and continues through April 1st, 2018. Sunday Polo kicks off on with a soft opening on Sunday, December 31st with two featured matches, one at 12:00 noon and the second at 2:00 p.m. The official “Opening Day & Hat Day” at Empire Polo Club is scheduled for Sunday, January 7th, 2018.
What’s New This Season?
Spectators will enjoy upgraded and expanded VIP seating this season. Decorative stone has been installed on the terraces along with additional shaded seating areas. The lunch menu has been updated and will offer a variety of savory selections.
On Sunday, Dec. 31st, the “soft opening” of Sunday Polo launches the 2018 Season with a champagne brunch in the VIP area. Bottomless mimosas and a robust buffet will be offered, featuring an omelet station, a carving station, a variety of fresh seasonal salads and desserts. Reservations are required for New Year’s Eve Brunch. Contact 760-393-7298 to make a brunch reservation.
Sunday Polo games are scheduled every week from December 31st through April 1st, 2018. Sunday Polo games are at 12 noon and 2 p.m. The polo club will be closed on Sunday, January 14th and again on Sunday, March 4th.
General Admission is FREE with a $20 parking fee for all Sunday afternoon polo games. Tailgaters are welcome; space along the sidelines is available on a first come, first served basis. Bleacher seating is also available in the General Admission area. Spectators are welcome to bring their own food and beverages into the General Admission area. Food and beverage service is also available for purchase.
VIP Admission is $30 per person and includes parking, VIP seating and a complimentary Champagne Divot Stomp. The VIP seating area is located in front of the Olympic-peaked tents on the west side of the main polo field and offers field-side covered seating.
Spectators can also watch Sunday football games while enjoying polo at the VIP Sports Lounge and Bar, located adjacent to the VIP seating area. The Sports Lounge offers viewers three flat screens featuring Sunday football games and other popular sports.
Reservations for VIP seating are highly recommended. Food and beverage service is available onsite during Sunday matches. For VIP reservations or group rates please call 760-393-7298 or email email@example.com. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the VIP area.
The entrance for Sunday games is on Ave. 50 between Monroe St. and Madison St.
Friday Night Polo
Empire Polo Club offers Friday night “Polo Under The Lights” on select dates in February and March. Admission, tailgating and parking are free on Friday nights. Spectators are welcome to bring their own food and beverages to this event.
If you plan to tailgate, be sure to arrive early to get a good spot. Bleacher seating is also available. There is beverage service onsite during the Friday night games.
The entrance for Friday night games is on Ave. 50 between Monroe St. and Madison St.
2018 Friday Night “Polo Under the Lights” Game Schedule
- 5:30 PM Friday, February 9th
- 5:30 PM Friday, February 23rd
- 6:30 PM Friday, March 16th
- 6:30 PM Friday, March 30th
Admission and parking are free on Friday nights. There isn’t any VIP seating on Fridays, so all parking and tailgating are on a first come, first served basis.
- Outside food and beverages are allowed (bring a picnic and tailgate)
- Beverage service is available on the east side of the field
- Bring chairs and blankets
- Tailgating spots are available on a first come, first served basis
- Permanent restrooms are available at the field
- Dogs are welcome on a leash
What to Wear? This is the one of the most frequently asked questions by spectators. We suggest “hats and flats,” as heels sink in the grass and the sun is always shining here in the desert. Polo is a casual affair at Empire Polo Club, so please wear whatever you feel comfortable in. You will see spectators wearing everything from shorts, jeans and flip-flops to sundresses, khakis and button-down shirts. If you plan to attend a Friday night “Polo Under The Lights” game, dress warmly.
Why Watch Polo?
It’s a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon. Imagine sitting field-side, overlooking a series of immaculate polo fields surrounded by majestic mountains in the distance, while watching one of the fastest team sports on earth.
Polo is never boring. Eight players travel at speeds up to 30 miles per hour while riding-off other players, hooking their opponent’s mallets and hitting the ball at full speed. It’s a great spectator sport and general admission is FREE. You can’t beat that!
The entrance for polo games is on Ave. 50 between Madison St. and Monroe St.
From Interstate 10 take the Monroe St. exit. Head south on Monroe St. Take a right on Ave. 50 and you will see the Empire entrance gates on the left side of the road. Use the middle gate for tailgating access and General Admission parking. If you are a cabana holder, have VIP reservations for a table or if you are part of a group with reservations, use the third gate to access the VIP parking area.
For Friday night games use the middle gate on Ave. 50 to access tailgating on both sides of Field 3. There are no VIP seats for Friday night games.
About Empire Polo Club
Established in 1987, Empire Polo Club is one of the largest and most beautiful polo clubs in the country. Empire Polo Club’s facilities include 12 polo fields, stabling for more than 500 horses and an indoor arena and polo school. Empire hosts polo tournaments for all levels of play.
Empire Polo Club is a world-class, international polo club. Players from Canada, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, France, Germany, England and other countries travel to the desert to play polo at Empire Polo Club. Players’ ages range from young up-and-comers in their early teens to practiced seniors in their sixties.
Polo is a pro-am sport and co-ed. Men and women compete together on teams that are handicapped by the total sum of its players’ handicaps. Each player has a handicap, similar to golf. Handicaps range from -2 to 10, with 10 being the best in the world. Teams compete in tournaments that are categorized by handicap level.
Empire Polo Club Contact Information
Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave. 51, Indio, CA 92201
www.EmpirePolo.com VIP & Group Reservations