Why on Saturday?
In the past, the Seattle Polo Party was hosted during the finals of the 6 goal USPA Seattle Cup tournament with games spread over Friday, Saturday and the finals on Sunday. In order to bring the best experience for spectators, the USPA tournament has been moved to the weekend after the Seattle Polo Party so the event can focus on the social aspect of polo and everyone can have fun. In 2019, the USPA Sportsmanship Cup will be played August 17th and 18th. Spectators are invited to come watch the USPA tournament on the following weekend.
When do I arrive to the event?
Gates open at 1pm, one hour before the first game.
What do I get for a VIP ticket?
VIP tickets are limited availability and must be purchased in advance of the event. The VIP tent will have tables with linen tablecloths and umbrellas lining the edge of the terrace overlooking the field. Attendees with the VIP ticket will also have access to the VIP Lounge. The VIP area includes special appetizers, a catered buffet brunch and a full bar with cocktails and champagne. The private cabanas are also accessed through the VIP area. The only chairs available at the event are in the VIP tent and cabana areas. The VIP area is 21+ only.
What do I get for a Beer + Wine Garden ticket?
The Garden ticket provides access to the Wine + Beer Garden in the lower terrace. Food for the Garden area is provided by a sample of food trucks in the grass bench area. The Garden area includes sponsor demos and yard games to promote the social aspect of polo. The Garden area is 21+ only and only beer and wine are served at the bar. Cocktails and champagne are served at the full bar in the VIP area.
Do children need their own ticket?
Children 12 and younger are allowed free admission in the General Admission area. Children are not allowed in the VIP area or Beer + Wine Garden.
What should I wear to the party?
Dress so you will be comfortable sitting on chairs or a blanket, and footwear appropriate to walk on gravel and grass. The polo club is a working equestrian center so the footing will be uneven grass and gravel. Dressing up for the party is encouraged – think garden party attire. Ladies, be sure to wear your sunhats! We’ll have a parade of hats during the break in game play with prizes awarded for the best hats. Hat categories include biggest hat, most spirited hat, sexiest hat and polo theme hat.
How big is the venue?
Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club covers 128 acres, with the polo party covering 14 acres. The polo field covers 10 acres and the viewing area is roughly 900 feet long and 2 acres in area along the west side of the polo field. Parking covers another 6 acres and there are 10 acres to support the players and horses needed for the games.
May I purchase a reserved seat?
General admission seating is on a “first come, first served” basis. Seating will be on hay bales or on the grass. There are no chairs for GA ticket holders. Viewers in the General Admission area are encouraged to bring their own folding chair. VIP admission is available with all chairs being part of the reserved tables. There is seating in the VIP Lounge, but all tables and chairs in the VIP area are included in Reserved Table tickets. Individual VIP ticket holders are not provided a seat at a reserved table.
May I purchase tickets the day of the event?
If available, day-of tickets may be purchased at the gate. We expect the event to sell out, so we advise buying your ticket in advance. There are a limited number of VIP tickets for brunch. Once those tickets are sold, the VIP section will be closed. There are also a limited number of reserved tables which will sell out prior to the event.
Is smoking permitted?
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
What if it rains?
If it rains the day of the event, the tournament will be deemed a draw, and play will be for exhibition only in order to protect the horses and players from injury. Refunds will not be offered for inclement weather.
May I bring a chair?
For General Assembly tickets, yes. Folding, low-backed chairs are allowed along the side of the field for GA ticket holders. There will be blankets for sale at the event for those who wish to find a spot in the grass bank to watch the game.
What is the process for parking?
Carpooling is encouraged! Limited parking is available on-site on the practice field at the east side of the facility. See event map for details. A drop-off area is located near the main gate for buses and vanpools.
Is there transportation to the event?
Yes. W Bellevue Hotel is our transportation hub where we offer buses to and from the event. You can park at Lincoln Square downtown Bellevue and take a bus to the event. W Belleuve also hosts the official after party.
Is the event accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes, there will be a ADA drop off area close to the gate entrance. The west entrance will accommodate ADA drop off. It is suggested to get to the event early to avoid navigating crowds. Please call in advance to assure any specific needs are met.
Is there handicapped parking?
Yes. There is a parking area close to the drop off area reserved for handicapped parking. People are suggested using the drop off area as the walk from the parking area is pasture grass and may be uneven.
Is there a drop off area closer to the event than the parking area?
Yes, there will be a drop off area where cars can enter and quickly drop off people at the event entrance. There will be no parking at the drop off area.
How do I get there?
Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club is located at 25901 SE 400th St in Enumclaw. The facility is approximately four miles from the White River Amphitheater and three miles from downtown Enumclaw, near the intersection of Hwy 169 and 400th St.
From Seattle Take I-5 to Hwy 18 east. Follow 164 East toward Enumclaw. At the White River Amphitheater, turn left on SE 400th St. The Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club is on four miles down on the right.
From the Eastside, take I-405 to 169 toward Black Diamond and Enumclaw. At SE 400th St, turn right and the Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club is on your left.
From Tacoma, take I-5 north to Hwy 18 east. Follow 164 East toward Enumclaw. At the White River Amphitheater, turn left on SE 400th St. The Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club is on four miles down on the right.
May I bring alcoholic beverages?
No. Alcohol will be sold at the event in designated areas with proceeds benefiting Little Bit Riding Center. You may NOT bring in ANY type of alcoholic beverage to the venue. Coolers will be searched before you get into the venue. Any alcohol brought into the venue will be confiscated. This is to keep in compliance with Washington State liquor laws and the permitting required for the event.
Is alcohol available for purchase?
Yes. There will be a cash bar in the Beer + Wine Garden and VIP area. Both sections are 21+. There will not be alcohol sold to the GA area. Anyone in the GA area will need to upgrade to a Beer + Wine Garden or VIP ticket if they choose to drink.
Is there an after party?
Yes. W Bellevue Hotel is hosting the official Seattle Polo Party after party in the W Living Room Lounge. Socialize with players and spectators in one of Bellevue’s hottest night spots. Special polo drink selections available in the lounge.
May I bring my own picnic items?
You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages into the venue. Food will be available for purchase through local Seattle food trucks as well.
Will there be food and drink available at the event?
There will be food and beverage sales at the event. We have a variety of great food trucks providing food and drinks at the event. The VIP area includes hors d'oeuvres and a catered brunch.
May I bring a barbeque or portable cooking device?
Barbeques or portable cooking devices of any kind are NOT allowed into the venue for safety reasons.
May I bring my pet?
Well behaved dogs on leashes are allowed. Please keep in mind that they will be in an equestrian environment and should be comfortable with horses galloping nearby. Large dogs and those that like to chase horses are discouraged.
Are tickets refundable?
Due to the nature of planning an event and coordinating vendors, tickets are nonrefundable..
Will merchandise be available?
Yes, Seattle Polo branded apparel will be available for purchase at the event.
Can I come watch more polo?
Definitely, but this is our big social event in 2019. We host 2 polo tournaments over the summer with club chukkers every weekend.. Games are Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 12pm. Check the schedule at www.seattlepoloclub.com for the schedule of tournaments and club chukkers..
Can you teach me to play polo?
Coaching league and private lessons are offered at the club throughout the summer. The Seattle Polo Club hosts an intro to polo clinic at the beginning of the summer and as needed throughout the summer. This is a great way to learn the fundamentals of polo and see if you have interest in pursuing private lessons. Please call 206-498-6862 for more information.