Sunday Polo is a “traditional day of polo” and is generally open to the pubic. Most clubs are very casual and offer an inviting venue with food and beverage concessions including field-side seating. A few clubs offer polo on Friday evenings or on Saturdays, so be sure to check the schedule before heading out to polo.
Most clubs charge a reasonable general admission fee of between $10 and $25. VIP or tent seating is usually available for an additional fee. A few clubs offer free general admission.
The Traditions of Sunday Polo
Tailgating, which is a favorite pastime amongst the polo players, is offered at many polo clubs. Tailgaters can pull up to the sidelines of the polo field in their car and set-up a picnic. It is a casual way to watch a polo game and it provides a social environment where you can mix and mingle with the other tailgaters. Be sure to keep a good distance back from the edge of the playing fields. The galloping ponies and the ball comes right over the boards during play and you need to be a
The Divot Stomp is a longstanding tradition of Sunday Polo. At halftime, spectators are invited onto the field to replace the divots that the horses hooves pull up during the polo game. The A select number of clubs offer a “Champagne Divot Stomp” where they offer a complimentary glass of champagne to spectators who venture out onto the field to help “tread-in” divots to repair the field.
The Sunday Polo games are usually announced by a seasoned commentator, who helps newcomers understand what is happening during the polo games. Most of the Sunday Polo Venues offer a printed season program or club magazine that has tips on how to watch a polo game. You can also visit our www.Polo101.com for general information about the sport of polo.
Please check each polo club’s website to verify game times and admission fees. The rates and dates are subject to change.
Sunday Polo at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA
Sunday Polo games are scheduled at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM every Sunday through the end of the season, which runs from January – March.
General Admission & Tailgating
General admission is free to all of the polo games. There is a $10 per car parking fee for General Admission and tailgating. Food and beverage services are available during Sunday Polo. Tailgaters and General Admission Spectators are welcome to bring in their own chairs, blankets and picnic fare. Bleacher seating is also available in the General Admission area. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
If you would like to reserve a VIP seat or table for the day, the daily rate per person is $25. This rate includes VIP parking and a seat in the VIP area on the west side of the polo field. No outside food or beverages are allowed in the VIP area. Reservations are recommended for VIP seating or groups. For reservations call 760-393-7298 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, bring a jacket and some blankets.
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 Sunday Polo games is on Ave. 50 between Madison St. and Monroe St. The entrance for Friday night “Under the Light” polo games in located on Monroe St. at Ave. 51.
Sunday Polo Entrance
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 more information visit www.EmpirePolo.com.