Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Guide
An event I look forward to every year to kick off my summer is the Veuve Clicquot annual Polo Classic at Liberty State and the pre-sales just launched . I know I am not the only person who looks forward to this event because the tickets literally sell out in under five minutes, and the tickets on the resell market doubles! I always score mine with the American Express pre-sale that gives you the advantage of purchasing them a week before they go on sale to the public.
The first time I attended this event was back in 2015. Leaving a very pretentious mark on me, I knew I would always return. The champagne-house returned to Liberty State Park in celebration of 200 years on June 2, 2018. With the weather forecast predicting rain, even the sun had to make a deal with the rain so that he can enjoy the festivities. Now that we have great weather we can enjoy our day.
I've gotten questions on this event and would love to share them with you. Repost to save a life!
What is it?
Despite what it is being in the title, it is an exciting polo match hosted by the Veuve Clicquot, where polo-goers enjoy a day of picnicking on the lawn and drinking Veuve Clicquot.
How do you get invited?
There are no invites. This is ticketed event opened to the public. Make sure you subscribe to my mailing list here and I will notify you when the American Express pre-sales start, and when the public sale starts.
Usually the first Saturday in June, from 11 am-6 pm
How much does it cost?
The cost truly varies. It seems as though it increases every year. I used to see GA tickets for around $65, the price has since gone up. This year there were ticket tiers for general admission. The same experience, just a certain amount of tickets for each release.
Where is it?
It is annually held at Liberty State Park. There are ferries from Manhattan and New Jersey that takes you to the park.
What ticket should I get?
It's personal preference and how much you are willing to spend. The Rose Garden is the most expensive and comes with a gourmet lunchbox, VIP seating area with umbrellas, a bottle of rose and a photo booth inside a private garden. Early Access really only applies if you're going to get on the very first ferry. I don't think getting on the second ferry is bad, but if you are pressed for a good seat then that option would work for you. General Admission is first-come, first-served seating and access to tents, games, bars and food trucks. Most people are in this section. I just get the General Admission ticket and bring my own picnic food and purchase my bottle there. I prefer to be where it is easy to meet with my family and friends.
What to wear?
Your best! This event is very classy and chic. Bold outfits and accessories, however, dress comfortably. There is a long walk from where the ferry docks to the actual ground. This year they implemented petty cabs for $10 per person which I 100% recommend. For ladies that want to wear heels, go for wedges, espadrilles, or a chunky heel so that you don't ruin your pumps in the grass. Floppy hats and wide brims are not only a beautiful accessory, but will also save you from the sun.
What time is best?
The earlier the better. You get to beat the line that will generate for the ferry. You get first seating options on the lawn to view the game. Props at the park is still intact. You afforded the luxury of taking pictures at the backdrops before there is an hour+ wait (that's why I called it a luxury). Most of all you get to enjoy your days worth. I believe it is best to go early and possibly leave early if you are tired, rather than arrive late and not be able to enjoy yourself.
What to bring?
This is all up to you whether you like to travel lightly or if you don't mind taking your own things. There are tents that sell picnic baskets, fans, blankets, umbrellas, handkerchiefs and more. You have the option of purchasing those or bringing your own. The ones that are purchased have the Veuve Clicquot logo which is nice and you can reuse it for years to come.A fan and/or umbrella is highly recommend as the weather gets really toasty out there. I've even seen people with folding chairs.
There are food trucks and the Veuve Clicquot bars. I can say the bar only sells water and champagne, so if you need any other kind of beverage it is best to bring your own as long as they are unopened. I always bring my own food so I don't know what the food trucks sell. I've seen people eating lobster rolls, but you can not go wrong with something you've prepared yourself. Make it a picnic day and curate your own picnic basket of goodies. If you are a lady wearing heels, definitely bring flats. Your feet will thank you, even if you are wearing your most comfortable heels.
Bring an open mind and positibe vibes!
Be sure to read about my time at the Polo Classic last year here.