Polo And Parties Week To Celebrate 100th U.S. Open
Begins April 11th At International Polo Club Palm Beach
FL A week-long celebration in honor of the Stanford Financial
Group 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship combines thrilling
high-goal polo action and a series of distinctive parties and unique
special events at the new International Polo Club Palm Beach. The
polo and once-in-a-lifetime celebratory parties begins Sunday, April
11 and ends Sunday, April 18.
Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open is the most prestigious
polo tournament in North America. Thirteen teams will compete for
the title, with the championship match scheduled for Sunday, April
18 at 3 p.m. The 26-goal tournament draws most of the worlds
best players and polo aficionados from around the globe. The U.S.
Open is the highest-rated tournament in the United States and one
of only three tournaments played at the 26-goal level in North America.
Polo Club Palm Beach is the first new polo club to be built in decades,
and it has fulfilled a long-standing void for a facility dedicated
solely to high-goal professional polo. Designed in tropical, Caribbean-Colonial
style, it combines old-world charm and new-world comfort.
are on sale now for all polo matches, parties and special events.
For ticket information, please call International Polo Club Palm
Beach at (561) 204-5687.
season-ending week-long festivities begin on Easter Sunday, April
11, with a pre-game childrens egg hunt followed by a key Stanford
Financial Group U.S. Open quarterfinal match, sponsored by
Cunard. Radio Disney will do a live remote broadcast from the east
side of the stadium field, near the childrens activity area.
plethora of activities continue Wednesday with the Final Four of
polo. Theres two pressure-packed semifinal games featuring
four of the top teams in the world, followed by a mouth-watering
Texas Barbecue so prepare to cowboy up to one of the best days of
polo of the year.
during or after the Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open semifinal
games, spectators will be able to enjoy delicious barbecue cuisine
at the fieldside concession areas. Between games, a Texas Barbecue
Buffet is also available inside the air-conditioned VIP Grand Marquee
for $25 per person. Reservations must be made in advance for the
VIP tent barbecue by calling (561) 204-5687.
celebration kicks into high gear with the annual U.S. Open Polo
Ball, the black-tie equestrian social finale, Friday night at 7
p.m. at the Grand Marquee overlooking the majestic stadium field
at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This gala is the final
social event of the four-month winter equestrian season in Palm
Polo Club Palm Beach owners John and Carroll Goodman are the U.S.
Open Polo Ball Chairmen. The committee consists of well-respected
equestrian community members Louise Armour, Olexa Celine, Jessie
Coppola, Carmen Gracida, Dawn Jones, Linda Mansfield and Lynn Moore.
tickets are $200 each with VIP tables of 10 available for $2,000.
popular dance band Euphoria, known for their ability to rock the
house with covers of numerous 1970s hits, have agreed for a return
performance to the delight of the committee. International special
events planner Bruce Sutka of Sutka Productions has been hired to
decorate and oversee the event and plans a few surprises for the
guests. The glamorous first-class event includes a sit-down dinner
will be catered by The Breakers.
next afternoon (Saturday) features what promises to be a fantastic
Tailgate Festival coupled with the Stanford Financial Group
U.S. Open Consolation Final between the two teams who lost in the
semifinals. Tailgating throughout the season has featuring fine
china, crystal glasses and sterling silver accompanied by caviar
and champagne. Others havent strayed far from the backyard
variety with steaks, burgers and chicken, and many tailgaters enjoy
a seafood-styled version with shrimp and fine wine. A committee
of judges will choose winners in a variety of categories.
spots are limited and will be assigned on a first-come basis. Tailgating
aficionados George Dupont and Brenda Lynn of the Polo Museum and
Hall of Fame are the Co-Chairmen. Winners will be announced at halftime
of the consolation final. For information and tickets, call International
Polo Club Palm Beach at (561) 204-5687.
fantastic first season at International Polo Club Palm Beach concludes
with the title match of the Stanford Financial Group U.S.
Open Polo Championship on Sunday at 3 p.m. as the last two teams
compete for the most prestigious polo trophy in the United States.
Following the game, players from both teams will signs autographs
and pose for pictures, one foursome happily clutching the 100th
U.S. Open trophy.
Houston-based Stanford Financial Group, a privately-held global
network of affiliated companies, has signed on as the title sponsor
of the 100th U.S. Open Polo Championship in 2004. Stanfords
family of companies provides international private banking, trust
and brokerage services and real estate development. Currently, the
Stanford organization manages in excess of $17 billion in deposits
and assets, serving clients on six continents. The success of the
group is the result of entrepreneurial spirit and drive spearheaded
by third generation Chairman and CEO R. Allen Stanford.
polo matches are open to the public. Tickets for the games at the
International Polo Club Palm Beach range from $15 for general admission
to $120 for a tailgate spot and are available in advance by calling
(561) 204-5687 or by visiting the clubs website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.
Tickets are also available at the gate on the day of the game.
Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington.
>From I-95, take the Forest Hill Boulevard exit and go west approximately
12 miles. Turn left onto South Shore Boulevard and go two miles.
Turn left onto Pierson Road, travel about one mile and then make
a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is on the right. From
Floridas Turnpike, take Exit 93 (Lake Worth Road) and go west
about six miles. Make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club
is on the left.