Guide To The 2016 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

October 9, 2016 5:00 AM

(credit: Chelsea P./Yelp)

(credit: Chelsea P./Yelp)


Ladies, grab your most daring hats, and gentlemen get those dapper daytime suits back from the dry cleaners – it’s polo time. The 7th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is back on Saturday, October 15th from 11am – 5pm at Will Rogers State Historic Park in the Pacific Palisades.
 
Sit back and sip champagne and enjoy a picnic while watching world-renowned polo players. While there, rub shoulders with celebrities, friends, play games out on the lawn, and enjoy all the various other activities. The event these days is less about polo than it is on the celebration of the Veuve Clicquot champagne.
 
Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
Will Rogers Historic State Park
1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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Date: October 15, 2016 from 11am – 5pm
Match Time: 2pm

Getting There
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(credit: vcpoloclassic.com)


Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Will Rogers was not just a huge American media star, he was also a polo connoisseur. It’s only fitting that the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic both takes place on the grounds just outside his former home, and helps support the preservation of the Will Rogers State Historic Park.
 
Once you arrive to the designated parking lot, a shuttle will transport you to and from the grounds. Strict rules are in place that ticketholders are not allowed to be dropped off at the park, and expect road closures in the area. Parking costs are not included with your ticket, except for Rosé Garden ticketholders, who will receive complimentary valet parking. Detailed transportation information will be provided upon ticket purchase.
 
Driving
The best way to get to the Polo Classic is by car, as it’s not located near any major public transportation hubs.

  • From The Downtown – Take the 10 West. Continue on PCH and take Chautauqua Blvd to Will rogers State Park Road.
  • From The Westside – Take Sunset Blvd West and turn right onto Will Rogers State Park Road.
Ticket Information
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)


This year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic features three different ticket tiers and experiences. The general admission ticket price is $75 per person, and includes shuttles to and from a dedicated lot to the event grounds.
 
Want to step it up a notch? Go for their Fast Pass option, which offers a fast-pass line privilege for shuttles to and from the dedicated lot to the event ground. You’ll also be granted first access to open lawn seating, champagne bars, merchandise tents, games, a photo booth, and gourmet food trucks. It also includes general admission event access. The price for this is $135 per person.
 
The gold standard for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is the Rosé Garden option for $400 per person. Take advantage of exclusive access to the the Veuve Clicquot Rosé Garden, one pre-purchased bottle of bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne to be redeemed on-site, a gourmet lunchbox by Wolfgang Puck, a special open lounge seating area with beautiful decor, dedicated parking and shuttle service to and from the event grounds, access to champagne bars featuring Yellow Label, Rosé, and Veuve Clicquot Rich for additional purchase, and access to the merchandise tent! Tickets for this package can be purchased here
Additional Offerings
 (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)


Step it up this year with a Clicquot Picnic. Order and receive your exclusive Veuve Clicquot picnic blanket ahead of time so you are prepared for the day! Blankets will be shipped free of charge to address provided prior to the event. This must purchase by October 6, 2016 in order to receive before the event.
What To Wear
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)


The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is an opportunity to be a part of the style and glamour of Polo! Embrace the sport’s 1920s/1930s heydey and don the fashions inspired by the era. With the warm weather Los Angeles has been experiencing, guests are encouraged to keep it light. A linen suit or the obvious polo shirt with slacks have been suggested for the gentlemen, with sundresses topped with a fancy hat for the ladies. Check out the #ClicquotStyle page for more inspiration and to learn more about how to enter the post-event Style Sweepstakes.

Best Eats
Outside food is permitted, but if you don’t feel like packing a picnic, some of Los Angeles’ most loved gourmet food trucks will be on hand. Cuisine from around the world will be at your fingertips, including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Belly BombZ, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Green Truck, India Jones Chow Truck, Jogasaki Sushi Burrito, Made in Brooklyn NY Pizza, Meat The Greek, Peaches Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen, and Plant Food for People Specialty ice cream sandwich truck Coolhaus will also be there offering sweet treats to help polo watchers keep cool. Or save your appetite and head to one of the great restaurants the Palisades has to offer. Top picks in the area include:

(credit: Amy T./Yelp)

(credit: Amy T./Yelp)


Cafe Vida
15317 Antioch St.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 573-1335
www.cafevida.net

Local favorite Café Vida serves up low fat California and Latin dishes that bring together a variety of unique and delicious flavors. Using only the highest quality, freshest ingredients, the deceptively simple meals not only look great, but taste great. A favorite among diners is the Balance Bowl (served all day), which includes chicken or tofu, egg whites, and various veggies on a bed of brown rice, topped with roasted tomato sauce and guacamole.
 

(credit: Joni C./Yelp)

(credit: Joni C./Yelp)


Pearl Dragon
15229 W. Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 459-9790
www.thepearldragon.com

If it’s sushi you’re after, Pearl Dragon is your go-to spot in the area. Taking to heart to vibe of the local community, health, sustainability, and social responsibility are a priority at this Asian-fusion restaurant. Also, if you’re looking to keep your day drinking train rolling, it’s one of the few places in town with a liquor license.

Good to Know / General Rules
  • All guests must be 21+ to attend, and a valid ID must be presented
  • No tickets will be sold on-site
  • All tickets must be purchased through Eventbrite directly. Veuve Clicquot does not honor or recommend purchasing tickets from third-party vendors
  • Wristbands must be worn at all times; void if tampered with or removed
  • Event is rain or shine
  • Bikes, drones, hovervoards, large beach umbrellas, outside alcohol, pets, professional photography equipment, rollerblades, skateboards, or sporting equipment are strictkly prohibited
  • Leave your little polo enthusiast at home, because the 21 and over rule applies to children and babies as well. Valid proof of ID required.
  • Champagne is not included in the General Admission and Fast Pass ticket price, but may be purchased onsite at one of the various champagne bars. Rosé Garden tickets include one bottle
  • Champagne costs range from $24/glass – $275/bottle
What Can You Bring?
  • Hats
  • Picnic blankets
  • Picnic chairs
  • Picnic food & snacks
  • Sealed water bottles & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Sunscreen
Article by Kellie Fell.

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