STATE — The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will be moving to Liberty State Park in Jersey City this June, bringing the sport’s top stars to a venue that features inspiring backdrops of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline.
The fifth annual event, a draw for a host of celebrity participants and guests, will be held rain or shine on June 2 in the “green ring’’ at Liberty State Park. It is expected to draw more than 5,000 spectators who will get to watch Nacho Figueras and his Black Watch team as they compete against some of the world’s best polo players.
“This event will showcase Liberty State Park, with its spectacular views and ideal location, as a fitting destination for all types of major events,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. “It’s part of our effort to make this park more of a destination for New Jersey residents and persons from other states to come here and visit Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey’s 9/11 Memorial, the Liberty Science Center, or just take in the incredible views of New York’s skyline and enjoy our park.’’
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic has been held at Governors Island in New York since 2008, but a construction project on that island’s playing field required Veuve Clicquot to find a new venue close to Manhattan this year. The search for an alternate location, which included sites throughout the greater New York area, led the event’s organizers across the Hudson River to New Jersey.
“With views of the New York City skyline, the iconic Statue of Liberty and historic Ellis Island, Liberty State Park truly reflects the spirit of the event,” said Vanessa Kay, President of Veuve Clicquot U.S. “We are thrilled to have found the ideal location to host the fifth-annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.’’
Tickets for the event will include ferry transportation to and from Manhattan to Liberty State Park, or shuttle service from the Liberty State Park Station on NJ Transit’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line. All guests must arrive via ferry or Light Rail as no parking will be provided onsite for the event.
The event will benefit a charity to be announced in the coming weeks by Veuve Clicquot, and will include a donation to the nonprofit Friends of Liberty State Park. Veuve Clicquot also will pay a user fee to the state and will upgrade the green ring field, giving the state an upgraded site for future use.
Liberty State Park will remain open during this event. All areas outside of the polo grounds will be available to the public, as usual.
For more information and tickets for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, visit: http://www.vcpoloclassic.com/
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