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Oak Brook Polo Club Announces
Opening Day of the 2017 Polo Season
OAK BROOK, IL (March 29, 2017) – The Oak Brook Polo Club has renewed its partnership with the Village of Oak Brook and is thrilled to announce Sunday, June 11th as Opening Day of the 2017 Polo Season. Themed ‘Chicago Polo Day’, the match will kick off another exciting year of “hockey on horseback” at Oak Brook’s Prince of Wales Field (2606 York Road), located just 17 miles from Chicago’s Loop. This year, the Club will play host to seven polo matches featuring both out-of-state and international teams.
A new era began for Oak Brook Polo in 2016 with the privatization from the Village of Oak Brook. Led and supported by team Patron and Chicago business leader, Jim Drury, it is his passion and commitment to keep the sport of polo and its Oak Brook traditions alive.
The summer schedule includes the return of the “Commander's Cup” and “Horses & Horsepower” events, in addition to the “Chicago Polo Cup” which features some of the Midwest’s best teams and players. The “International Polo Series” will feature visiting international teams eyeing to compete for some of Oak Brook Polo’s most prestigious trophies, including the Drake Challenge Cup and International Cup.
2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club's 95th season as one of the nation's oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. With many iterations over the years, the first season dates back to 1922 when Polo visionary Paul Butler first established the Oak Brook Polo Club. He expanded his polo operation to fourteen fields, plus built the necessary horse stables to serve the visiting teams. Eventually, Oak Brook became one of the “polo capitals” of the world with Butler’s son, famed HAIR producer Michael Butler, and daughter, philanthropist Jorie Butler Kent, acting as the club's stewards through the years. The summer Polo seasons were not only the stomping ground for celebrities and notables alike for decades but also the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.
The season also marks the continuation of several important strategic partnerships. Chicago Polo, a new marketing group focused on promoting the sport of polo in the Chicagoland area, will publish a magazine exclusively for Oak Brook and Arranmore Polo Clubs. In addition, The Drake Oak Brook Hotel is a major sponsor and will host a quintessential “Sunday Polo Brunch” before each match, as well as after-parties in their famed hotel. Other sponsors on board include; Michigan Avenue Magazine, Veuve Clicquot, Merrill Lynch, Hinsdale Magazine, Barbour, David Yurman, Land Rover, Continental AutoSports Ferrari & Maserati, Barrington Saddlery, and Room & Board.
“It is our mission and vision to make polo accessible and affordable for everyone who would like attend,” explains Danny O’Leary, Managing Director of Oak Brook Polo Club. “Whether you are looking for a fun family activity or get-together with friends, Oak Brook Polo is one of Chicago’s oldest and cherished traditions and is a must add to your summer bucket list.”
Oak Brook Polo offers a variety of ticket options which include lawn seating for $10.00 per person and limited tailgating spots for $45.00 per vehicle. Club Guest seating is available field-side in the Michigan Avenue Magazine Polo Lounge for $40.00 per person, which includes elevated seating and complimentary divot stomp champagne; Polo Lounge tables seat up for eight and can be reserved for $300 while private field-side tents that seat up to sixteen are available for $650.00. Brunch tickets are available for $80.00 per person and include the Club Guest ticket to the Michigan Avenue magazine Polo Lounge.
All ticket holders will have access to The Drake Oak Brook Hotel bars, which will be serving up Classic Pimm’s Chukkers and Veuve Clicquot Champagne, in addition to Chicago’s best food trucks and restaurants on site serving gourmet bites.
2017 Oak Brook Polo Club Season Calendar
June 11th, Season Opener
June 25th, The Commander’s Cup
July 9th, Horses and Horsepower
July 30th, Chicago Polo Championship
August 6th, Drake Challenge Cup
August 20th, Butler Challenge Cup
September 10th, International Cup
Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 1st at www.oakbrookpoloclub.com. For ticket information, event schedule, parking directions and general information, please visit the website or call 630.368.5095.
About Oak Brook Polo Club
Founded in 1922 by legendary businessman, Paul Butler, the Oak Brook Polo Club is an American Polo treasure and one of the oldest polo clubs in the United States. It was once the sport's epicenter for elite professional polo in the United States and served as home to the U.S. Open Polo Championship for twenty-four straight seasons and other prestigious international and national polo tournaments. For decades, the Club has been a popular Sunday tradition and social scene known for entertaining Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and Chicago's distinguished. Today, Oak Brook Polo Club hosts several Sunday matches and continues to attract thousands of fascinated spectators who marvel at the athleticism and majesty of this timeless sport.