Need More Info?
Thinking about coming out to polo this weekend? Check below for answers to our most frequently asked questions. Still need more info? Contact us
What should I wear?
First and foremost, dress comfortably and for the weather. Women wear everything from jeans and shorts to the latest fashion ensemble, with flats or heels. Remember, you will be on grass and heels can be a challenge! Head-turning hats are a treasured tradition for the ladies, along with a cool pair of sunglasses. Gentlemen can be seen in shorts, khakis, patterned designer slacks, or jeans.
Is there plenty of seating or should we bring chairs?
Chairs are suggested. We have very few sections of bleachers, they are also first come first sit!
We are visiting and would like to purchase food and drinks at the match. What options do we have?
We have a full bar in the Clubhouse that is open to the public along with beer and some specialty drinks available at our Polo patio. As for food, Freddy’s Steakburgers will have their yummy food truck at the Polo Patio with a variety of food choices.
Do you play in bad weather?
The game will go on if the field is safe for both horses and players. If there is inclement weather in the area or we have experienced a major rain event in the days leading up to, please check our website, Facebook page or call 941-907-0000 before heading to the field.
We have a person in our party that is handicapped, where should we park?
Come early! Most parking spaces on the general admission side are on the field level. There is also a handicap accessible restroom located on the general admission side.
There is a group of us attending a match. Can I save spaces?
No! We are sorry but to play it fair we suggest that a couple of cars in your group come early and park. Leaving your vehicle is not permitted. They will have to start the tailgating early while waiting for friends! Another option is a tent rental. The space would be held for your group. If there are 30 or more in your group please call for tent rental availability. $15 for groups under 50, $12 per person for groups 50-75. $450 minimum (30 people) to hold a 10 x 20 tent and an 8 foot table for your party. Your group will also be mentioned on our current day flyer! 941-907-0000
Should we cheer for the teams?
Our players always love some extra encouragement so be loud and let them know how much fun you are having!
Is there any shade to sit under while we watch the match?
There are a few seats with umbrellas at the Polo Patio on the general admission side. 10 x 10 pop up tents are allowed to be used at your car. Remember that all items must be behind the white safety line.
Can I bring my dog?
Well socialized dogs on a leash are always welcome.
We are coming to watch a match this Sunday, what time should we arrive if your gates open at 10am and the match begins at 1:00pm?
We have our guests arrive at our gates as early as 9:15am to get in and get the best spot on the field. When it is a tailgate theme date, we suggest that you arrive as early as you and your friends can. Please remember, no saving spaces or parking and leaving your vehicle!
Can I buy tickets ahead of time?
Tickets may be purchased at the gate on game day with cash or credit.
We don’t know much about polo. How can we find more information out about the game?
In our magazine we have a couple of pages that tell you a little more about the game. Also, visiting the United States Polo Association website will give you a good overview along with some videos www.uspolo.org. You could also contact our offices to schedule a “polo demo”. Just before the match a player will come over and give you about a 20 minute Q and A about the game. The charge for a demonstration, $75.
How can I learn to play polo/ride?
How does a player receive a handicap and what does it mean?
A handicap is a comparative rating of polo playing skills bestowed by the USPA and expressed as goals that range on a scale from -2 to 10. A -2 handicap would be given to a beginner player, whereas a 10 handicap is reserved for the most skillful player. These ratings have nothing to do with the number of goals a player scores; rather, a variety of factors such as skill, horsemanship, strategy, knowledge of polo, team play and sportsmanship.
The team handicap is the sum of the players’ handicaps. The team with the lower handicap is granted the difference in goals at the beginning of the match. Each tournament has a handicap range, and each participating team’s handicap must fall within that range.
A safety note: Please always be mindful of what is going on in the game. Balls may often be mis-hit or unintentionally deflected and fly into the crowd. The horses can come over the boards so always be behind that white safety line. PLEASE never lose sight of your children who may wander towards the field! It’s up to the spectators to be aware of what’s happening around them to keep the game safe and enjoyable.
Tickets & Tailgate Themes
Click below to get match times and ticket information. Also find out how to join in on the tailgate fun, check out our tailgate themed dates and categories that will be judged!
The Sarasota Polo Club offers a unique and fun program enabling people from all ages, backgrounds and abilities to learn to play or just learn to ride. Why not come out and give it a try?
- Safe, reliable horses
- Professional instructors
- All at the beautiful Sarasota Polo Club