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My Experience at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
Polo matches are always fun to watch, but that's especially true when you pair the event with #foodanddrink. Each year, Veuve Cliquot hosts a match in #NewYorkCity and it is just as you would expect champagne-sponsored #events to be: chic, glamorous, and totally indulgent.
The eighth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic returned to Liberty Park this May and I didn’t want to miss the chance to see some polo in action. The last time I saw a polo match I also played in one down in Argentina.
Polo is a lot of fun to watch in person even if you have no idea how the game is played. Polo players come from around the world to participate in the VC Polo Classic.
How To Get There
Your tickets come with complimentary ferry access to the polo site. The ferry is located on the southern tip of Manhattan. No cars are permitted to drive to the event. The ferry is simple and fast but the lines in the morning can be long.
The ferry is located on the southern tip of Manhattan.
Get to the ferry docks at least an hour before the first ferry departure to beat the line and get to the polo grounds early. The lines to get inside past security can be hundreds of yards long.
The ferry from Manhattan is around 15 minutes. You can expect a 20 minute walk from the ferry dock to the entrance and expect to wait in a long security line.
Where To Stay
If you are coming in from out of town, I recommend staying near the ferry departure point. The line starts getting long about an hour before the first ferry and you will want to catch that ferry to make the most of the day. Veuve Clicquot has a partner hotel every year, but I decided convenience and an amazing hotel was top priority for my weekend.
An ideal spot for the weekend is the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park. You can basically see the polo grounds from your hotel room and the Ritz always goes above and beyond to make you feel at home. They had a bottle of Veuve Clicquot on ice waiting in my room.
Hotel Ritz Carlton Battery Park
You can basically see the polo grounds from your hotel room
What Can You Bring?
We brought water, snacks and sandwiches packed in a tote bag and picnic basket, along with chairs and a picnic blanket. I recommend bringing all of those things for a comfortable experience. Again, get there early to grab a spot on the ground close to the action.
get there early to grab a spot on the ground close to the action.
According to the Veuve Clicquot site you CAN bring:
- Outside food and snacks
- Sealed water bottles and non-alcoholic beverages
- Picnic blankets and/or beach towels
- Picnic chairs
According to the Veuve Clicquot site you CANNOT bring:
- Outside alcohol (including Veuve Clicquot) or open containers
- Babies, children, or anyone under 21
- Large beach umbrellas
- Professional cameras
How To Get Tickets
This sounds like a simple thing, but tickets sell out fast. This year they were sold out within 30 minutes. Ticket start at $65 and you can buy up to four at a time.
Sign up for the VC mailing list to be notified when they go on-sale.
How To Dress
Gentlemen are encouraged to wear a linen summer suit and women are encouraged to wear summer dresses and their most daring of hats.
Depending on the weather suits can be hot for the guys but dressing up is part of the fun, so there's no reason not to at least bring a jacket with you. Dress the part and it will be a a great experience.
Dress the part and it will be a a great experience.
Umbrellas are free if you pay for the Rosé Tent or they can be purchased on-site. Rain or shine you will see they are a popular purchase at the match.
Here's a Video From My VC Polo Classic Experience.
This is something I will do again every year if I have the chance. Amazing views of Manhattan, rosé all day, and watching polo with a picnic can’t be beat on a summer Saturday.