Last Chance to See the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club

East Coast Open

Spectators get in the spirit at Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club on August 23, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Update: There are still some tickets available for Sunday’s East Coast Open, Sept. 6. Gates open at 1:00pm. Here is the link to purchase tickets. The weather is supposed to be beautiful and this is the third of East Coast Open’s three Sundays.


 

The event, sanctioned by the US Polo Association, commenced with flair on Sunday, August 23 in Greenwich. Six polo teams are competing for the prestigious Perry Cup, with matches continuing on August 30 and September 6 at Greenwich Polo Club.

As hundreds of families, canines, luxury brand vendors, and Audi cars dotted the landscape, 24 polo players competed on grounds the size of nine football fields.

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A giant Great Dane stole the show during the intermission tradition of the divot stomp at the East Coast Open. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club, Aug. 23, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

 Team Audi ready to compete in the East Coast Open. Credit: Katherine Du

Team Audi ready to compete in the East Coast Open. Credit: Katherine Du

 Team Audi ready to compete in the East Coast Open. Credit: Katherine Du

Team Audi ready to compete in the East Coast Open. Credit: Katherine Du

Played on a handicap level, the 20-goal East Coast Open attracts the nation’s most seasoned, formidable competitors. Among this year’s players is Peter Brant, the founder of Greenwich Polo Club.

At the inaugural match, Team Audi vs. Team KIG, announcers invited all spectators to participate in divot stomping, a much-loved polo tradition, during half-time.

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Greenwich Free Press intern Katerine Du, a rising Greenwich Academy junior. Credit: Leslie Yager

Dean Damanos, Clive and Michele Milton and Peter Le Beau enjoy an elegant spread at the East Coast Open on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Dean Damanos, Clive Milton, Michele Milton and Peter Le Beau enjoy an elegant spread at the East Coast Open on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Divot stomping at Greenwich Polo Club during Day 1 of East Coast Open. Credit: Leslie Yager

“The East Coast Open will be the most competitive and spectacular polo tournament of the summer season. Fans will experience high-goal polo played by the finest teams, players and ponies in the sport all competing to have their names added to the historic Perry Cup.” – Peter Brant, Founder of Greenwich Polo Club

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Divot stomping, frisbee and football tossing during intermission at Greenwich Polo Club during Day 1 of East Coast Open. Credit: Leslie Yager

Divot stomping, frisbee and football tossing during intermission at Greenwich Polo Club during Day 1 of East Coast Open. Credit: Leslie Yager

Divot stomping, frisbee and football tossing during intermission at Greenwich Polo Club during Day 1 of East Coast Open. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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A rider with the American flag crosses the polo field before the national anthem is sung. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

 Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

 Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Day 1 of the East Coast Open at Greenwich Polo Club, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

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An afternoon at the Greenwich Polo Club is good fun for all ages. You can catch days 2 and 3 of the East Coast Open on Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Spectators at Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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During half-time, spectators Donna and Charlotte D’Agostino divot stomped. Credit: Katherine Du

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Siblings Morgan and Cooper Shishko wielded life-size chess pieces during Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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At half-time, spectators stepped out to divot stomp. Credit: Katherine Du

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Team Audi polo players preparing for the 2015 East Coast Open’s inaugural match. Credit: Katherine Du

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Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Team Audi polo players rest pre-match. Credit: Katherine Du

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Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Spectators at Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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A food van at Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Half-time at Team Audi vs. Team KIG, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

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Greenwich Polo Club’s stand at the East Coast Open, Greenwich Polo Club, August 23, 2015. Credit: Katherine Du

NBC Sports Network will air a 60-minute national broadcast of the East Coast Open final on Sept. 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Greenwich Polo Club is located at 1 Hurlingham Drive in Greenwich.

See also:

US Polo Association, Greenwich Polo Club Gear up for East Coast Open


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