Get Your Head in the Game!
With the first Gladiator Polo™ match of the season right around the corner we thought it would be a good idea for everyone to brush up on their polo knowledge! Read below to get ready for Polo in the Tryon Stadium on Friday, June 8, Saturday, June 16, and Saturday, June 23.
During Gladiator Polo™ matches, two teams of three players are pitted against each other in an enclosed arena, giving spectators an up close and personal look at the action. In this Roman-themed event, horse and rider teams wear distinctive colors – from the players’ helmets all the way down to the horses’ leg wraps – making it easy for spectators to follow the game and cheer on their favorite team.
Length of Play
The game consists of six chukkers, or six periods of five minutes each. Riders change horses at the end of each chukker. Gladiator Polo™ does not require the large number of horses to play that outdoor/grass polo demands. Many players use 5-6 horses for the game rather than 10-12 that are required for grass polo.
The Gladiator Polo™ ball is similar to a mini soccer ball, larger than the small and hard plastic ball used outdoors. While the larger size gives the new player confidence in learning to hit the ball, proper technique is necessary because the arena game is played on a dirt surface with the ball bouncing on the uneven surface and off the arena wall.
Unlike traditional equestrian competitions where audience participation is encouraged only before and after a rider competes, Gladiator Polo™ is fueled by a rowdy crowd. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their favorite team throughout the entire match.
So will you be cheering for Team Greenville or Team Spartanburg on Friday, June 8?!
General admission & parking are free!
Gates open at 6pm and the match begins at 8pm.