Greenwich Polo Club, in partnership with Audi of America and its 29 Tri-State Audi Dealers, are proud to present the 2017 East Coast Open.Hublot, the luxury Swiss watch brand, has signed on as the Official Timekeeper of the 36th season and its most competitive event. This year’s high-goal polo tournament will take place August 24 – September 10. Considered to be one of the most prestigious polo competitions in the United States, the East Coast Open features top polo teams and polo players competing in the 20-goal tournament.
“We are proud to host the East Coast Open for the third year at Greenwich Polo Club,” said Peter Brant, Founder of Greenwich Polo Club. “The tournament showcases the top level of polo and it has grown in popularity thanks to the support of team owners, our sponsors and fans. The last two years the competition was so tough both matches ended in sudden death overtime. We expect polo players to bring their best again this year for the chance to have their names forever memorialized on the Perry Cup trophy.”
Public games will take place over three consecutive Sundays and are expected to draw more than 11,000 spectators to Greenwich Polo Club. The United States Polo Association® (USPA), the national governing body for the sport of polo, will live stream all tournament games on the USPA Polo Network at uspolo.org/video (check out USPOLO.ORG for tournament information, schedule and updates). In 2015 and 2016, the East Coast Open had more than 35,000 live streaming views, in addition to on-demand. The 2017 matches are expected to have over 50,000 live views.
“The East Coast Open is one of our most prestigious tournaments and Greenwich Polo Club is a great venue for hosting the tournament,” said USPA Chairman Joe Meyer. “Last year featured some of the top teams in the country and this year is no different. We would like to thank Greenwich Polo Club for making this event a continued success.”
Since 1978, the Perry Trophy has symbolized the East Coast Open championship. Winners of this high-goal tournament have laid claim to this ornate symbol of excellence, tradition and sportsmanship. The East Coast Open continuously attracts national and international fanfare and the world’s leading polo players, who will soon descend on the town of Greenwich, in the hopes of etching their names on the tournament’s trophy.
The East Coast Open will kick off at Shreve, Crump & Low’s showcase gallery at 125 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT on August 24 presented by Hublot. Approximately 150 polo players, USPA officials and guests will attend the private cocktail event which will feature an official draw to decide each polo team’s placement in the historic tournament. The public is invited to meet and greet polo players and to take photos with them, as well as Audi Sport display vehicles and, polo horses in front of Shreve, Crump & Low, Greenwich Polo Club’s official trophy provider, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On August 27, September 3 and September 10, Audi will extend access to their VIP hospitality and parking area to the first 25 Audi owners to enter the Greenwich Polo Club grounds.