Why the move to Saturday?
In the past, the Seattle Polo Party was hosted during the finals of the 6 goal USPA Seattle Cup tournament. Last year 6 teams came to compete which spread games over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hosting the polo party on the last day of the finals provided difficulty in setup and planning. The USPA Seattle Cup has been moved to the following weekend. August 19th and 20th. Spectators are invited to come watch the tournament on the following weekend.
Saturday also gives people more time to enjoy the event and doesn't compete with the Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs on Sunday August 13th.
When do I arrive to the event?
Gates open one hour before the first game for GA ticket holders. Tailgate ticket holders must arrive between 12:00 and 12:30 so their cars can be parked without disturbing GA ticket holders. Tailgating is first come first served. The field will be lined with people during the game and access to the tailgate area will be difficult.
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 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.
What is the tailgating area?
There are two tailgating areas on the sidelines with spaces for 40 total vehicles. Tailgating on top of the berm on the north side of the field toward SE 400th St contains 12 tailgating spots. The south end of the field has another 25 tailgating spaces. Each tailgating space is 12 feet wide (a typical parking spot is 9 feet wide). There is more room on the south side of the field so the tailgating spaces will be deeper. Pop tents are allowed directly behind the car in the south side of the field only as long as they do not interfere with the views of the game for other tailgaters.
This year there's a prize for the best tailgate so bring the best and make the day of the polo party.
Do children need their own ticket?
Children 12 and younger are allowed free admission in the General Admission and Tailgating areas. 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 68 acres, with the polo party covering 14 acres. The polo field uses 12 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.
When do the gates open to the field?
Gates open two hours before the first game begins. You should plan to be there before the first game in order to secure your space. Tailgating cars must arrive before the game so they can move their car through pedestrian traffic and park along the field.
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 are encouraged to bring their own folding chair. VIP admission is available for purchase, and tables and chairs will be provided in the reserved VIP tent areas. Attendees in the VIP tent are able to enter a person's name or group name while checking out. These names will be combined for reserved tables. This way individuals may purchase tickets individually and be able to sit as a group. There is also a ticket option to purchase a table of 8 people either under the big tent or field side with an umbrella. Reserved tables will get priority table locations.
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 VIP Cabanas.
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?
Yes, folding, low-backed chairs are allowed along the side of the field for GA and tailgating 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 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 a local charity. 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 or tailgating area. Anyone in the tailgate area will need to purchase a ticket for the Beer + Wine Garden or VIP area if they choose to drink. Private cabanas have a dedicated server so they will not have to stand in line for drinks.
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 from providing food and drinks at the event.
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.
Will merchandise be available?
Yes, Seattle Polo branded blankets and apparel will be available for purchase at the event.
Can I come watch more polo?
Definitely, but this is our big event in 2017. We will be hosting open practices every Thursday evening during the summer from 5-9pm and will be playing practice games during some summer weekends. Check the schedule at www.seattlepoloclub.com for the schedule of practice and games.
Can you teach me to play polo?
Private lessons are offered at the club throughout the summer. The Seattle Polo Club will be hosting intro to polo clinics on a regular basis 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.