Are the occasions formally again? Miami Seashore’s first main out of doors occasion is on its strategy to the races
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – With Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout in full swing, some of Miami’s most notable outdoor events, like the 2021 Miami Open and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, are slowly returning to rotation, and the second of those is “Up.” to the races “is a real race – the World Polo League Beach Polo Tournament.
The World Polo League Beach Polo Tournament returns to the sands of South Beach after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-day polo tournament, which runs from Friday April 23 through Sunday April 25, takes place on the sands of Collin Park between 21st and 22nd Streets in Miami Beach.
Known for attracting an international audience ranging from celebrities to the European elite, the event will feature some of the most iconic polo players in the world including Nacho Figueras, Nic Roldan, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini Jr. and Juan Martín Nero and Barto & Jeta Castagnola, Grant Ganzi, Tito Gaudenzi and others
Peroni vs. Speedart Motorsport. 2019. (Courtesy of the Alchemy Agency)
This year is likely to be very different, however.
From limited capacity in certain areas and mandatory social distancing to face masks and a VIP area that is only sold by the table, the polo tournament will be the first in Miami Beach since 2019. And that increases the pressure.
“Since the day we decided to postpone the event last year, we’ve kept working and preparing for any eventuality to bring it back,” explains Tito Gaudenzi, founder of the World Polo League Beach Polo. “Through constant communication with our players, the teams, our sponsors, the city and the state, we were able to be as well prepared as we are.”
Melody Tuyết-Mai de la Fe and Caroline Vreeland at the World Polo League Beach Polo Tournament 2019. (Courtesy of the Alchemy Agency)
Although the Miami Open 2021 tennis tournament took place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens until April 4th without any major setbacks or controversy due to the pandemic, all eyes will be on any event that will take place in 2021.
“It wasn’t until the beginning of February, when we discussed with all the authorities, that we said: ‘We can do that,'” says Gaudenzi. “We spoke to other major events, and as you can see, the tennis tournament took place. Events may happen differently than they used to, but they happen. “
As the overall capacity and way of walking around the event has changed, viewers who have attended in the past will inevitably have a different experience this time around. However, the implementation of all possible safety features and regulations is for the benefit of the general public, says Gaudenzi.
“Of course there will be restrictions. The VIP tent, which used to hold more than 750 people, is limited to 400 and we only make tables. In addition, our Polo Lounge will be half full, ”he says. “We’re actually overly cautious – we could take in more people. However, our team went out of their way to make this event a safe one and we are very excited. “
The spectator viewing of the polo games and access to the adjacent retail village are free and open to the public. Concessions can be acquired. The Retail Village, open daily at 11 a.m., is open to spectators to purchase official merchandise and other items from Fred Eyewear and Curio at Faena Bazaar, including Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Super Coffee and Therabody.
World Polo League Beach Polo. (Courtesy of the Alchemy Agency)
“We’re excited to not only bring the event back, but to bring it back with bigger and better players and more setup,” said Gaudenzi. “We are very excited. We’re the first really big event on the beach, and there are many to follow. I think it’s really great for our city and our community to be where we are today in such a short amount of time. “
The event will also feature a celebrity charity polo game that will benefit Give Back for Special Equestrians, a nonprofit that provides grants for therapeutic riding and horse-assisted therapy to children and veterans with physical and emotional disabilities.
The VIP Tent & Polo Lounge opens on Fridays and Saturdays at 12 noon and on Sundays at 11:45 a.m.
Click here for the full schedule and click here for Polo Lounge tickets. Access to the exclusive VIP tent is only possible through table sales. For prices and inquiries, please send an email to [email protected]
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