The 26th annual BMW International Polo Series promises all the thrills, sophistication, prestige and uncompromised style that have become synonymous with this annual two-match tournament. Guests will be treated to an adrenaline-charged showstopper, as South Africa take on New Zealand, with the first test taking place at the Shongweni Club in Durban on 13 September 2015. The second match will take place the following Sunday in Johannesburg, at the high-status Waterfall Polo Estate on 20 September.
“The BMW International Polo Series is one of the longest-running sports sponsorships in South Africa and this speaks to the attributes of the sport and how they encapsulate the very values BMW embodies, says Tim Abbott, BMW South Africa’s Managing Director. “Speed, the thrill of competition and a passion for performance are hallmarks of the BMW brand and we are proud to be involved with this series on a long-term basis.”
Anticipation is especially high among polo lovers this year as New Zealand and South Africa have not faced each other in this Test Series since 2008. This will also be New Zealand’s sixth tour to South Africa, with the international competitors reigning champions of the previous four tournaments.
The annual BMW International Polo Series not only brings together polo devotees, fans and socialites; guests will see all the action live and be treated to a showcase of BMW’s finest vehicles as part of the day’s proceedings.
“The BMW International Polo Series this year sees a return of the New Zealand team, captained by world-renowned 8-goaler JP Clarkin,” says Mark Davis, President of SA Polo Association.
“The team includes two six goalers, Craig Wilson and Thomas Hunt, and the 23 goal side will be facing a determined challenge from the South Africans whose team will certainly include some young and exciting talent. The South African team will be announced after the Prince of Wales Cup on 30 August,” he continued.
First test match: 13 September 2015, Shongweni Club in Durban.
Ticket prices start at R50 per person for East Bank general admission and R80 per person for West Bank general admission.
Second test match: 20 September 2015, Waterfall Polo Estate, Johannesburg.
Tickets priced at R120 per person for general admission.
Children under the age of 12 will be able admitted free of charge at both venues.