The Polo Life, LLC presents the ninth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, taking place from April 25th to April 28th between 20th and 22nd Streets on the sands of South Beach, Florida. Tickets are now on sale at www.miamipolo.com.
The four-day, globally renowned sporting event, considered the most coveted of its kind, features top polo players from around the world competing in two tournaments for both men and women. The La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup V takes place on Thursday, April 25th featuring eight women’s teams in a one-day series of round-robin championship matches. Last year’s winning team of Cecelia Cochran and Alicia Harden will defend their title as 2012 champions, while competing against the highly touted Pamela Flanagan, Cristina Hosmer, Tiffany Busch, Stephanie Kraml-Suttle and Lynn O'Connor, among others, who are all expected to play in this year’s tournament. La Martina, Mastercard, W South Beach Hotel & Residences, The Raleigh, The James Royal Palm, GREY GOOSE Vodka, HEYS USA, Cheeki Brand and E! Entertainment, will all be Women’s Polo Cup team sponsors.
The La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX – a three-day men’s tournament, now in its ninth year, starts on Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th. Six teams will include some of the world’s top-ranked players, including England’s Jamie Morrison, Holland’s Vincent Mesker, past Miami Beach and Chicago Beach Polo winner, Guille Usandizaga from Argentina, Costa Rica’s Luis Escobar, 2009 MVP John Gobin and last year’s MVP, 9-goaler Kris Kampsen. La Martina, Mastercard, W South Beach Hotel & Residences, The Raleigh, The James Royal Palm, GREY GOOSE Vodka, HEYS USA, Merchant Hub and Small Luxury Hotels Of The World will also sponsor competing men’s teams.
Attendees at this year’s Miami Beach Polo World Cup will once again experience the annual series of nightly VIP events that form an essential part of the four-day festivities. An evening fashion show by La Martina in the VIP tent on Saturday night will be televised on E! Entertainment Latin America, and the event will see the inaugural participation by Miami’s own DJ Irie, who’s Irie Foundation will be an official beneficiary non-profit organization alongside Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.
The traditional post-event awards ceremony will be held at the end of each tournament to commemorate both women’s and men’s competition winners, during which sponsor representatives will present trophies to the men’s and women’s World Cup finalists. This year’s La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup V and La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup IX is sponsored by Mastercard, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, GREY GOOSE Vodka, Aventura Mall, Maura Wasescha, Cheeki Brand, E! Entertainment, Comcast, Equinox, jetBlue, The James Royal Palm Hotel, The Raleigh (SBE Entertainment Group), W South Beach Hotel & Residences, HEYS USA and LUHHO Magazine, with support from the GMCVB and Miami Beach VCA. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and Irie Foundation are the tournament’s official partnering charity organizations. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami will receive a portion of funds raised through ticket sales from the event.
As part of the daily experience at this year’s event, Aventura Mall will be the official retail partner for the design and creation of the retail village within the venue between 20th and 22nd Streets on the sands of South Beach. Existing retailers at Aventura Mall will have a presence at the retail village, allowing attendees to browse and purchase dozens of the their favorite brands, including the latest from TAG Heuer, while taking a break from watching some of the world’s top polo players. Courtesy cocktails will be provided by GREY GOOSE Vodka in the VIP tent throughout the four days.
General admission to both competitions and adjacent retail village is free, and concessions will be available to purchase. A limited number of VIP tickets are available that allows entrance to the shaded Grandstand, where complimentary food and beverages are served. Ticket prices are $100 for Thursday, April 25th and $130 for Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th. Children 12 to 18 years-old pay half the adult ticket price and children younger than 12 years-old receive free admission. A percentage of all ticket sales will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, the tournament’s official charity partner. A three-day VIP pass can be purchased for $375. A four-day VIP pass can be purchased for $450 at www.miamipolo.com.
More than 10,000 people attend the Miami Beach Polo World Cup over four days each year and the tournament attracts professional polo players from as far as Russia, Switzerland and Malaysia, as well as the very best from South America. For more information on the tournament and the events or to purchase VIP tickets, visit www.miamipolo.com or call 305-538-3809. For further information on The Polo Life, visit www.thepololife.com.
Each year, the Miami Beach Polo World Cup is produced by the event’s founding organization, ACT Productions, based in Miami Beach, owned by President and CEO, Bruce Orosz.