Riviera Nayarit, Mexico - Get ready for the 3rd Annual Riviera Nayarit International Beach Polo Cup 2014!
If you like horses, polo, and glamour then this is the event for you. There will be 8 teams competing: two from Guadalajara, two from Mexico City, and teams from Italy, Canada, and Switzerland - as well as a mixed team with players from Mexico and Argentina.
The event will be held May 1st 4th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta. This is the sixth time the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will be backing the event and its the third time it will take place on the beach. It is also being extended one more day for a total of four days.
Josι Antonio Amutio, Marketing Director for Tucanι Designs and part of the organizing committee, has stated that organizers are expecting a thirty percent increase in turnout for this year's event compared to the 650 spectators per day last year.
The date was chosen to take advantage of a national holiday - Labor Day in Mexico - and the public is welcome to come and experience the excitement of the event with no entry fee. With Argentina's Pablo MacDonough, one of the top polo players in the world, participating in this year's tournament, organizers are expecting an influx of celebrities.
"Thanks to the support of the Riviera Nayarit CVB and the Government of the state of Nayarit, the events at the Hard Rock keep coming - and keep getting bigger," said Manuel Rubio, General Manager of the host hotel.
Among the novelties of the 2014 event: it will be the first tournament with "augmented reality" taking place during the live event - generating interaction through technology. Another special touch: each of the trophies is an exclusive work of art.
Beach Polo is a luxury sport and hence this event fits perfectly with an extravagant destination like Riviera Nayarit. Already, the Puerto Vallarta region is a golfing destination with a big list of world class golf courses. Beach Polo attracts tourists with high purchasing power, which greatly serves the Banderas Bay area.
The Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is located at Paseo de los Cocoteros #19, Nuevo Vallarta.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, May 1st
8:00 pm Opening ceremony
8:45 pm Welcoming remarks
9:00 pm Fashion show
9:30 pm Team presentations | Uniforms | Draw for positions
9:45 pm Opening party by Hard Rock
Friday, May 2nd
10:00 am Yacht experience / Sponsors
11:30 am Parade of horses and riders
1:00 pm Unloading
2:00 pm Start of the tournament | Qualifiers
7:00 pm End of matches
7:15 pm Entertainment by Hard Rock
Saturday, May 3rd
10:00 am Yacht experience / Polo players
12:00 pm Unloading
1:00 pm Start of the tournament | Final matches
6:00 pm Awards
8:30 pm Closing party by Hard Rock
Sunday, May 4th 1:00 pm Match for 5th place
3:00 pm Match for 3rd place
5:00 pm Final match
7:00pm Trophy ceremony