The hottest ticket in town is Polo In The City
The carnival is over (Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, that is) and Australians’ love of real, ground-pounding horsepower is sated for another year … or is it?
The annual five-city Polo In The City series is about to kick off and if the demand for tickets is anything to go by, city-dwellers are keener than ever to frock up, sip bubbles and catch some equine action at close quarters.
Polo In The City is to the regal sport of polo what Twenty20 is to Test cricket - smaller in scale, faster and more accessible, and according to founder and organiser Janek Gazecki, it has become breathtakingly successful with this year’s series all but sold out.
“All sports have had to undergo a dramatic change in the way they present themselves. We’ve taken an incredible and ancient game and given it a modern twist,” he says.
That includes a significantly smaller playing field and changes to the rules to allow the game to flow more, adding to the visual spectacle.
“You have players atop a 400-kilogram animal travelling at speeds up to 60km/h wearing little to no padding, engaging in a full contact sport,” he says. “It’s intoxicating to watch at close quarters, and when a game is on you find a wall of people on the sidelines, transfixed by it.”
It’s also about more than mere ponies and mallets, although an influx of some of the world’s best players makes that worth the price of admission alone.
Polo is also a highly social occasion, with plenty of mingling and networking in the corporate marquees and on the sidelines, and a highlight is always the fashion - far less formal than the races but still stylish, with a more summery feel.
Each year, Polo In The City runs across five Australian cities on successive weekends, kicking off in 2016 in Sydney on Saturday, November 12. If you’re suddenly interested in going, start planning now - for 2017.
“We only sell 3500 tickets per event and Sydney has been sold out for 10 months,” Gazecki says. “We could have sold 10,000 tickets by now but we want to keep it manageable and put the enjoyment of our customers and corporate partners first.”
Polo In The City runs on the following dates in 2016, check the website for ticket and marquee availability:
- November 12 - Centennial Park, Sydney
- November 19 - Dorrington Park, Brisbane
- November 26 - Albert Park, Melbourne
- December 3 - Langley Park, Perth
- December 10 - Victoria Park, Adelaide