The Broadmoor, in collaboration with Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and Los Hermanos Ranch, has announced the anticipated return of The Broadmoor Winter Polo Classic. Entering its second year, the 2024 event will take place on February 24, 2024 and will again be held at the Norris Penrose Event Center.
As with last year’s inaugural event which drew a crowd of over 900 spectators, the match will bring together world-class polo players for a day of high-energy matches and incredible horsemanship, skill, and glamor that polo is renowned for.
"Colorado's rich history with polo is a testament to our state's love for adventure, sportsmanship, and the great outdoors," shared Jack Damioli, President & CEO, The Broadmoor. “Last year’s event was welcomed by an enthusiastic local community and hotel guests. From seasoned polo enthusiasts to curious newcomers, The Broadmoor Winter Polo Classic is a great way to enjoy this classic sport. We look forward to presenting the prized Penrose Trophy to the top team in 2024."
To enhance the tournament experience, The Broadmoor has curated an exclusive package for travelers. In addition to its winter activities and offerings including equestrian experiences, warm spa services, acclaimed dining, and outdoor winter adventures, The Broadmoor is offering a new, two-night Winter Polo package which includes:
• Classic accommodations for two nights (upgrade options available)
• VIP Reception on Friday night
• Reserved Box Seating with access to the Heritage Room (complimentary food and drink as well as access to the tasting bar from local favorite, Distillery 291)
• Transportation to/from the polo grounds
• Exclusive commemorative welcome amenity
The Winter Polo Package starts at $999 and is available on a limited basis, as it is expected to sell out.
The Broadmoor’s winter polo will adhere to most of the standard, traditional polo regulations with the exception of the tournament taking place in a dirt arena instead of a grass field. Teams will be comprised of three players, as in typical arena polo. Play will consist of four 7-min chukkers (periods). In the event of snow, the tournament will follow snow polo regulations. The polo ponies will be shod with special cleated shoes to provide better traction for the winter conditions and a larger, lighter, and bright red ball will be used to better accommodate winter conditions. If snow is scarce, the horses will be shod for the arena dirt and a traditional white ball will be used for play.
For event information and tickets, visit winterpoloclassic.org. Hotel and package information can be found at broadmoor.com.
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