PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The Newport International Polo Series will host the Hurricane Cup on Saturday, August 8 at 5 p.m., as the home team faces its next rival in a tempestuous series of challengers this month.\n\u201cHurricanes have threatened the polo matches over the years, missing us by days or hours, from Sandy to Danny to Irene arriving hours after the match concluded, with an eerily empty grandstand," said Dan Keating, Newport Captain. \u201cWe have a series of challengers that will be every bit as unpredictable.\u201d\nThe match will be witnessed by a limited live spectator audience in one of this season's rare 17 matches, still the only attended sporting event in New England since the start of the pandemic.\u00a0 Limited seating is available, online only, at\u00a0www.nptpolo.com.\nDuring the match, Best of Show judging will be presided by special guest\u00a0Ryan Belmore, publisher of\u00a0WhatsupNewp, awarding\u00a0Stella Artois\u2019 special prize and Jumbotron moment of fame to the most festive group of the day, with a Surf\u2019s Up theme.\u00a0 Curated images of contest entrants will be published on the party pages of an upcoming issue of\u00a0Boston Common Magazine, the region's premier luxury\/fashion\/lifestyle magazine. Souvenir portrait photography by\u00a0Cocoa & Co.\u00a0will be available.\nAmenities include beverage service for seated patrons in the\u00a0Davitt Pavilion, and carry-out service from the\u00a0Patio Bar, licensed gourmet food trucks with a variety of popular refreshments including handmade pizza, gourmet hotdogs, kettle corn, homemade ice cream and refreshing shaved ice, and unique signature souvenir sportswear debuts weekly in the fieldside Pro Shop.\u00a0 Expert commentary of the polo action is provided by William Crisp, as instant replays and live action are produced on the polo world's first Jumbotron, and a\u00a0half-time intermission will give spectators the opportunity to have a socially-distanced and masked stroll across the playing field to replace divots, a time-honored polo ritual that helps restore the field for the second half.\n\u00a0After 6 periods of competition, called chukkers, the match will conclude with the\u00a0Newport Polo Fan Salute\u00a0around the perimeter - a salutatory tradition originating at the Newport International Polo Series in 2003, and now emulated at polo clubs around the world, and the\u00a0Veuve Clicquot Champagne Toast & Trophy Presentation\u00a0awarding the symbolic silver Paul Revere Liberty Bowl.\n\nUnder a State-approved COVID-19 safety plan for reduced capacity with socially-distanced seating options from which to view the matches at the polo grounds, including tables\u00a0in the Davitt Pavilion, or fieldside Tailgates and Picnic Patches on the lawn, sold-out audiences each week have enjoyed the Newport International Polo Series polo matches since Opening Day on June 6, where spectators for nearly 30 years have witnessed the timeless sport unfold across an argyle-patterned emerald green at Glen Farm, home of the Polo Series for the past 28 seasons, in a classic exhibition of horsemanship and valor, with host, the\u00a0Newport Polo Club,\u00a0where the home team - Newport\/USA - meets challengers each season from around the world and as well as teams representing major US cities and regional rivals in one of Newport's unique traditions & renown attractions.\nOriginally scheduled to feature USA vs. Dominican Republic, the international rivalry has been rescheduled to 2021.\u00a0 The Polo Series is scheduled to continue presenting polo matches for the remaining 8 weeks in the 2020 schedule, each Saturday through September. The roster of teams is subject to change, as per RI State mandates in effect at the time, on international travel and Adult Sports.\u00a0\u00a0Stay current with the 2020 team lineup & stats, latest news, events, and more by e-scription to the Gameday Briefing (sign up) and weekly eMagazine (sign up). Both subscriptions are private and spam-free.\nSafety being a top priority, COVID-19 safety measures are in effect at the polo grounds this season including online sales, masks required\u00a0when not seated, social distancing and greatly reduced capacity.\u00a0\u00a0Read full details\n\u201cOpening Day 2020 was a monumental victory and a huge vote of confidence from our State.\u00a0 We are fortunate to have State officials that have worked tirelessly for RI\u2019s recovery.\u00a0 With their guidance, the modifications that are in place are to ensure everyone's safety attending polo, and will be enforced by security personnel,\u201d adds Keating, Polo Series Founder.\nThe International Polo Grounds are located on the acreage of\u00a0Glen Farm, 250 Linden Lane (off of Rte. 138) in Portsmouth, RI.\u00a0This bucolic setting is the last 100 acres of a pre-colonial settlement from the 1600\u2019s that became the Town of Portsmouth's original gentlemen's farm, an 800-acre manorial estate established during a Gilded Age movement of retreat from the high life into pastoral country acres.\nIts classical 19th\u00a0century stone barns and its park-like grounds were rehabilitated by Keating in the early \u201890\u2019s and continue to thrive as an equestrian & community recreational property, and home of the Polo Series.\nMinutes from the bustling Newport waterfront, the\u00a0Polo Grounds' favorable proximity to the Sakonnet shore provides reliable cooling coastal effects, moderating afternoon temperatures and comfortable breezes, when much of the inland region experiences warmer conditions.\nThe Newport International Polo Series is proud to present its 2020 sponsors including\u00a0Gallo|Thomas Insurance,\u00a0Davitt,\u00a0Boston Common,\u00a0Hotel Viking,\u00a0The Chanler,\u00a0The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina,\u00a0Vanderbilt International Properties,\u00a0Veuve Clicquot,\u00a0Clarke Cooke House,\u00a0Stella Artois,\u00a0ROCKSTAR Limo,\u00a0Atria Senior Living,\u00a0Goslings,\u00a0McGrath Clambakes and Catering, and promotional partners including\u00a0The Cocktail Guru,\u00a0TYGER | Event Design + Production,\u00a0Newport Jaguar Tours,\u00a0Newport Helicopter Tours,\u00a0America's Cup Charters,\u00a0International Tennis Hall of Fame,\u00a0Newport Mansions,\u00a0Island Surf and Sport,\u00a0Newport Sport Fishing Charters,\u00a0Providence River Boat Company, and\u00a0Newport Harbor Guide.\u00a0 Special thanks to Schultz Marketing Partnerships,\u00a0Van Liew Trust,\u00a0Tanglewood, and\u00a0WCRI Classical Rhode Island.\u00a0 \u201cOur sponsors have been with us since the beginning. Without their support, the Series would not be as extensive as it is,\u201d explains Dan Keating, Polo Series founder.\nThis is the 29th season of Newport International Polo Series, which has hosted teams from 34 nations including,\u00a0Ireland, Germany, Spain, England, Argentina, France, Egypt, India, Australia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Canada, Chile, Jamaica, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, Barbados, Scotland, South Africa, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Singapore, Monaco, Morocco, Peru, and Poland.\nPolo, since 600 b.c.\u00a0\u00a0Polo is, without doubt the oldest ball game in the world today. First recorded in the 6th century b.c. when the Turkomans beat the Persians in a diplomatic tournament, the alluring game caught on with equestrian royalty and cavalry, and took off with globalization, withstanding the tests of time. By the time Polo arrived on Newport\u2019s shores during the Gilded Age, the sport was nearly 2500 years steeped in tradition, captivating newcomers like Newport's summer sporting set who embraced the new pastime, establishing America's first polo club in 1876.\u00a0 A charter member of the\u00a0United States Polo\u00a0Association\u00a0the club today is still a trailblazing model polo club, hosting the Newport International Polo Series\u00a0public exhibition matches, supporting philanthropic causes, organizing USPA tournaments, polo club member services and polo instruction year-round. Experience the king of games in its American landing at Newport Polo.