Arena polo tournament to be played at 2017 Barrett-Jackson auction

The Barrett-Jackson auto auction. (file photo)

The Barrett-Jackson auto auction. (file photo)

The Townsend Cup, in which teams from England and America have been competing since 1928, will take place at Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, Jan. 14-15, 2017.

Encompassing over 74 acres at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Barrett-Jackson is attended by over 350,000 people per year and routinely sells over $100 million in collector cars, according to a press release.

Within the facilities used by Barrett-Jackson is the Equidome, an indoor equestrian arena with seating for 4,000 spectators.

Leading the American squad will be the country’s only 10-goal arena polo player, Tommy Biddle Jr. One of the biggest hitters in the sport, Mr. Biddle Jr. will be joined by Shane Rice and Team USPA member Jared Sheldon.

Crossing the pond for the United Kingdom is their own 10-goaler, Chris Hyde, along with Max Charlton and Ed Banner-Eve.

Two years ago, the U.S. team won handily over the U.K. in Palm Springs, Calif.

The event will also feature the International Intercollegiate Challenge Cup with U.S. versus Britain as well as a U.S. versus U.K. military match.

“The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships have become one of the best outdoor polo events in the country and I very much enjoyed playing at the Equidome in 2012. Now, I can’t wait to play indoors against the best competition in the world and in such a unique and energetic atmosphere,” Mr. Biddle Jr. said in the release.

The two-day polo event is organized by the United States Polo Association, The Arizona Polo Association, Being The Change (a Phoenix-based polo club) and the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, and will present four matches.

“Auctioning the most beautiful cars in the world is the heart of Barrett-Jackson. But it has become so much more over the years; a lifestyle event like no other,” said Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson in the release. “We always try to give people new reasons to come or experience us all over again. We’ve never had this kind of horsepower at Barrett-Jackson before. It should be entertaining for our guests during the auction’s first weekend.”

He noted that crowds the first Saturday and Sunday of Barrett-Jackson routinely top 25,000 per day.

“Besides staging our most significant events like the Townsend Cup, one of our missions at the United States Polo Association is to expose our sport to new audiences. This is a great opportunity to work with an internationally recognized brand and event like Barrett-Jackson. Those attending the matches will want to pick up a mallet and play after two great days of polo,” said Duncan Huyler, CEO of the United States Polo Association, in the release.

The events are slated to be:

Saturday, Jan. 14

  • Noon: U.S. Military Arena Polo Team vs United Kingdom Military Polo Team
  • 2 p.m.:  The Townsend Cup: USA vs England

Sunday, Jan. 15

  • 1 p.m.:  International Intercollegiate Challenge Cup: USA vs Britain
  • 3 p.m.:  The U.S. Sherman Cup Final

Tickets to Barrett-Jackson provide general admission to the Townsend Cup and other matches. Tickets may be purchased for the individual games for $20 or $17 in advance. Tickets for VIP seating in the first two rows or in sections mid-arena cost $50. Both options can be purchased at Barrett-Jackson.com.

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