UK's best arena polo match scheduled

December 19, 2007

Arena polo takes place in a smaller area than polo, resulting in an energy-charged game.

Britain's highest goal arena polo match will take place at the 2008 British Open Show Jumping Championships in April next year at Birmingham's NEC. Two teams consisting of some of the UK's finest professional polo players are busy tuning their top string of polo ponies for this unique event, from April 3-6.

Heralded by many as 'the future of polo', the sport of Arena Polo has taken the country by storm since the first UK Arena Polo rules were issued in the 1991. The game of polo, known as the "sport of kings", is normally played over a 10 acre field whereas Arena Polo is staged in a much smaller area resulting in a high-impact, energy-charged game. This condensed format and rapid pace provides pure entertainment and ensures the most thrilling view for spectators.

"Arena Polo is one of the best spectator sports in the world and the atmosphere at the British Open is second to none. The crowds get a much closer view than they would at an outdoor game and that allows people to get a lot more involved in the action. Last year the buzz was just incredible and we can't wait to wow them again in 2008," said 27-year-old British Open polo professional, Dean Lines.

The high goal (18 goal) competition will take place over all four days, with two performances on the Saturday. Each game will consist of two chukkas of play with the final of the competition taking place during Sunday's British Open Championship performance.