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“Enjoyable family evening”
Review of Great Meadow Polo

Great Meadow Polo
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Owner description: Nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Piedmont countryside, Great Meadow is a 380-acre field events center and steeplechase course operated under stewardship of the Great Meadow Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space for community use. Check out Twilight Polo every Saturday night from May 19th to September 15th (no polo on July 7th)!
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Twilight Polo is a nice place to take the family for a fun outing. The cost is $40 a carload ($35 online). There are three matches with the third being the most skilled. It is played in an arena setting so you are close to the action which consists of three on three.

You can bring your own food and drink but usually there is a vendor there. Also there is a winery that serves glasses or bottles of wine. We bring our own food and drink plus blankets and lawn chairs. We sit on a shaded grass slope and people watch as much as watch the matches. The crowd consists of singles, couples and families. Dress runs from casual to dressy. You can rent boxes right by the action to tailgate areas behind the slope. Between one of the matches their is a tug of war between the girls and boys plus they get to run around the oval playing field.

I would recommend bringing the family to this Saturday evening event during the spring and summer.

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Arena polo isn't for everyone, but in this environment I don't know how anyone could enjoy it. Overcrowded with inebriated, loud fools who aren't even watching the game. Been here a few times at the bequest of box holders; it's always that way so I won't be going back.

Thank rustard s
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Twilight Polo is a fun thing for a summer evening. The announcers are witty and the game moves fast. You can bring food and drink with you but they ask not to bring glass (except wine bottles). We saw glass but respected the rules and brought plastic glasses and containers. It's best to get there early if you would like to be close to the arena - remember the ball often leaves the stadium. The rules are similar to hockey but if you want to understand the game it's best to research it before hand.

Thank VirginiaMeg
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Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

What I liked most about this event was that the venue - though packed - was the low noise level. My wife and her friend could easily carry on a normal conversation, which was pretty much the point of going. We wanted something to do with one other couple on a Saturday night that would enable conversation and didn't require alcohol or long trips. True, the racket was too much to allow my buddy and I to converse (seated on opposite sides of the girls), but there was sporadic polo to watch. The basic idea of arena polo seemed simple enough: 3 riders per side, 6 minutes per chukker (chukka/period), and 4 chukkers per match. This club mixed things up quite a lot though, so a match rarely featured only 2 teams (a third was often added and round-robin chukkers ensued). The accuracy of the scoreboard rarely seemed important to anyone in or out of the arena. I heard lots of conversation around me but almost nothing about the match. Seemed everyone was there for "something to do," not polo. Didn't really bother me, I guess, but it would've been nice to have a couple more vendors (I saw 1 food, 1 drink, 1 dessert, and 1 merch) or some activity to enjoy besides polo at (to me) a surprisingly slow pace. The place was packed by the end of the first match. Most people stayed after we left between matches 3 & 4. Spectators were friendly. The antique cars were nice, though only a handful showed up. For kids there is a double-header tug of war and a two lap race around the arena between matches 2 & 3. Dogs are welcome, too. If I went again I'd try to arrive earlier and find a place to sit higher up the slope (we were 1/3 up), and probably bring something to read for when the action slowed or stopped (often). Would I recommend this event to others? Meh.

Thank Theodore Z
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

We attended Twilight polo again on Saturday night. Beautiful night out to see three arena polo matches (3 on 3). Great Meadow Foundation continues to have a fantastic facility with very kind staff (who have a tough job dealing with some rude patrons who think they are entitled...more to follow).
The price per car is up to $40 (with $35 presale online) now but discounted vouchers can be found on some coupon sites for as low as $20. (All purchases are considered a donation to Great Meadow Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, and are tax deductible to the full extent the law allows.) Greenhill Winery is still there to refill your wine needs but there wasn't any food vendors as I'd seen before. Pack up your picnic. No barbequing or other cooking is allowed. Great Meadow asks you not to bring glass but I think that mainly applies to glassware as wine bottles are of course allowed and beer in bottles was being openly consumed.
Seating is essentially in three sections. Along the rail are boxes with six seats per box and a table area for the food you bring. (I don't know how much these boxes cost or if they are only available to the sponsors.) A couple of steps above the boxes starts the grass that goes up a short, shallow slope. This is for the general admission crowd. At the top of the slope is a flat area for tailgating. One of these spots costs $180.
I highly recommend picking seats 2/3 up the shallow slope. This gives you a better view down into the arena that is not really big to begin with. It also gets you above and away from the box seats which unfortunately attract some of the rude patrons that the staff has to balance. A minority of those who were in the boxes obviously feel that the entire event is their private party. They stand (even well outside their box area and in the GA grass) and block the view to other patrons. They overfill their boxes. They smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and cigars. (Most shockingly, when they wanted to appear to be thoughtful of others with their cigars, some stepped out of their boxes to block the view and smoke next to groups of small children playing on the grass. Amazing!!)
So, just move up the grass a bit and you should be fine. You may run into another smoker as there does not seem to be restrictions but you'll be able to see and maybe shift. AND you'll still be able to see the wanna-be D-list reality-TV-celebrities that may be there if you're into that.
Great Meadow Twilight Polo still has tons of room for the kids to run around, the tug-of-war, a two-lap kid race, an opportunity for kids to hit the balls at the end and even dancing at the end.
Go check it out.

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