5 Rules for a Day at Denver Polo Club

Game at the Denver Polo Club
Photo courtesy of Denver Polo Club.

Denver Polo Club offers professional and amateur league polo tournaments, attracting top players from across the globe. Spectating is a great way to spend a summer day, so here are five things to know before you go.

1The sport of kings is for everyone.

Polo matches offer a tantalizing afternoon watching one of the most fascinating spectator sports around. Played on a spruce and spacious grass field edged by cottonwoods, Denver Polo Club transports guests and players into a hidden domain devoted to the true athlete: the polo pony.

2The fillies have it.

Females bring feistiness to the game. Mares are smarter, quicker to learn, and easier to work with than their male counterparts. Polo ponies are actually Thoroughbreds and can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and run 35 mph. Channeling that horsepower into the game is key.

3It’s all about style.

While not necessary, dressing for polo shows respect for the sport. Men can wear linen suits, jeans, and a polo shirt, or cargo shorts and a button-down. Ladies, opt for a frilly sundress or a jumpsuit. The Colorado sun is relentless, so bring sunscreen and a big, beautiful hat. Sensible shoes are recommended for the halftime divot stomp, but wedge sandals work too.

4Partake in the divot stomp.

Grab your champagne and hit the field for an age-old tradition. Spectators are invited onto the field between chukkers to stomp the clumps of grass kicked up by the horses’ hooves. It’s a great time to socialize and snap a few photos while restoring the field for the safety of the horses and their riders.

5It’s an elevated tailgate.

Denver Polo Club doesn’t have permanent spectator stands, so guests line their cars along the southwest side of the polo field for a fantastic tailgate party. Bring your picnic table, chairs, and a basket filled with goodies. Food and drink trucks are also available for purchase.