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Break out your binoculars and enjoy a thrilling match of polo!
With Saratoga's irrevocable association with horses, it is no wonder that since 1898 the city has hosted a polo club – the legendary 2,000 year old sport that features horses, mallets, and daring riders. The season usually lasts from July to Labor Day, don't miss out!
Daily Ticket Admission:
Order your tickets online or call the Saratoga Polo Association at (518) 584-8108.
Don't know anything about polo?
It doesn't take long to learn a basic knowledge of the game, but you don't need to be an expert to enjoy watching the fast, adrenaline-pumping danger and action of polo.
Just be aware of this much: there are four players to a polo team, each with numbers on their backs. Each team is attempting to hit the ball in a "goal" on the opposite side of the field. Once a goal is scored, the players switch goals.
Players can be penalized for blocking the right of way or hooking a player with a mallet (but players are allowed to "hook" other mallets – use their own mallet to keep another player from swinging and hitting the ball). In polo, there are three types of penalties: penalty #2, where the shot is taken from 30 yards, penalty #3, with 40 yards, and penalty #4, with 60 yards.
There are two umpires on the polo field, and a third man on the sideline.
Spectator Tips and Traditions
Safety comes first, even for spectators – polo is a very action-packed game, with horses and riders often coming very close to the sidelines. Balls are also known to be hit awry and sail off the field. A distance of at least ten feet from the marked edge of the field is recommended.
The polo match takes place on a field that is roughly nine times the size as of a football field, so a good pair of binoculars can be instrumental to fully enjoy the game. Remember to come early to enjoy a late lunch, tea/snack, or early dinner before the match, and to take the time to go and admire the ponies and players as they warm up and gear up for the sport ahead.
Don't be alarmed if the spectators swarm the field at half-time: this is a tradition known as "stomping the divots." Spectators are invited to walk on the field and help the players by filling in divots – small holes in the ground caused by horses' hooves or hitting the ball, which can be filled in by flipping the displaced dirt back into the hole, and patting it down (if there is a golfer in your attendee party, he or she can show you the technique).
For spectators in the Polo Clubhouse, there is a suggested dress code. Women can wear cocktail dresses, summery skirts, or seasonal suits. Insider tip: top of your ensemble with a traditional billowy hat to block the sun and colorful shoes to show off when "stomping the divots." Men can dress in business casual wear with a sporty edge, or if they choose, in a formal suit and tie.
If you are tailgating or attending with general admission, the dress code is more relaxed. You should dress according to what you would wear to a picnic outing with your family. In fact, you are welcome to bring a picnic and purchase beverages (but you may not bring your own alcoholic beverages).
If you are a guest on the Clubhouse side, you will have access to amazing Summer Bistro fare and delicious beverages at the bar served by Old Daley Catering and Events, the official Food and Beverage partner of Saratoga Polo. For a change of pace, you can also order champagne and try your hand at the noble art of sabrage - opening a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne with a saber!