The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will return to Liberty State Park on Saturday, June 3, with a spectacular star-studded celebration in honor of the iconic event’s 10th anniversary.
First brought to New York in 2008 by Veuve Clicquot and world-renowned polo player Nacho Figueras, the chic event marks the official kick off to the summer season and has become one of the most glamorous daytime social events of the year. In honor of the 10th anniversary, Veuve Clicquot is proud to support Keep A Child Alive, a non-profit organization working to support children and families affected by HIV, in addition to Friends of Liberty State Park, an organization dedicated to keeping Liberty State Park a free, green, and non-commercial urban waterfront oasis and the official beneficiary of the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.
After a 70-year absence, Veuve Clicquot brought polo back to New York for its first Polo Classic in 2008. What started as an intimate gathering of 250 people has evolved and consistently grown over the years to bring consumers a one of a kind champagne experience. Supporting the idea that champagne can be enjoyed not only for celebratory occasions but for everyday moments, Veuve Clicquot now brings more than 9,000 guests an unforgettable afternoon of polo alongside the idyllic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The 10th anniversary will set the stage for years to come as Veuve Clicquot once again invites polo enthusiasts and champagne lovers to participate in the fête and watch Nacho Figueras and Team Veuve Clicquot in a fast-paced polo match.
“Our namesake, Madame Clicquot, courageously took over her husband’s champagne business in 1805 as a 27-year-old widow, and is responsible for shaping Veuve Clicquot into one of the greatest Champagne Houses in the world,” states Senior Vice President of Veuve Clicquot U.S.A., Vanessa Kay. “We are thrilled to enrich this year’s 10th anniversary celebration by paying homage to Madame Clicquot’s audacious and innovative spirit and bringing our fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with style, polo and, of course, champagne.”
To honor the celebration for this landmark 10th anniversary, Veuve Clicquot is introducing several exciting elements to the day’s festivities. 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of activism, Alicia Keys, will give a special performance at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. With a special donation to Alicia’s charity Keep a Child Alive, she is excited to perform and remind all when coming together at special events like this that we can become one voice for helping make change and bring awareness to important issues everywhere. Keys’ current critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, Here, is a powerful and emotional body of work that is her favorite yet. Currently, Keys can be seen as a coach on the 12th season of NBC’s “The Voice” alongside Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris will serve as the event host, providing commentary and leading attendees throughout the afternoon’s activities. Currently starring in Netflix’s series adaption of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Harris is no stranger to the spotlight, having served as host of the 87th Annual Academy Awards, as well as the Tony Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. “I am honored and excited to co-host the 10th anniversary of this very special event,” states event host, Neil Patrick Harris. “This year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will be a celebration unlike any before, and I am looking forward to sharing the experience with all of you.”
Attendees will be treated to the musical stylings of recording artist and Broadway sensation Jordan Fisher as he opens the polo match with a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Known for his breakout roles in “GREASE: LIVE” as well as the record-breaking Broadway hit “Hamilton,” Fisher has taken the musical world by storm and is currently working on his own debut full-length album.
Contributing to the on-site excitement of the 10th anniversary, two limited edition items will be available for purchase to commemorate the afternoon fête – the Veuve Clicquot Polo Arrow and the Veuve Clicquot x Fendi Bag Charm. Available for fifty dollars ($50.00), the Veuve Clicquot Polo Arrow is a customized, tin memento champagne box printed with “Polo Classic” on the side as well as the distance to Veuve Clicquot’s home in Reims, France.
The #FendiRoadTrip pop-up shop will be making an official stop in this year’s Rosé Garden. Check out the truck in person to see Fendi’s must-have accessories, including a limited edition Bag Charm in Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow, created in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Retailing for four-hundred dollars ($400.00), the furry charm will be available on-site, on Fendi.com, and in select Fendi boutiques.
Also new to this year’s experience, attendees can enjoy Veuve Clicquot Rich and Rich Rosé, the newest champagne offerings from the House. Veuve Clicquot Rich and Rich Rosé are inspired by mixology and designed to be served over ice and mixed with fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. Guests will have the option of sipping two specialty cocktails – the Clicquot Rich Classic and Clicquot Rich Rosé Twist, which feature cucumber and lime, respectively.
In addition to Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, Rosé, Rich and Rich Rosé, guests can enjoy gourmet summer fare from some of the best food trucks in the city, including Red Hook Lobster Pound, Neapolitan Express, Toum NYC, Gorilla Cheese and Koro Koro.
TICKET AVAILABILITY & ACCESS
This year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic offers three unique viewing experiences. In addition to General Admission tickets, which retail for one-hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00), Veuve Clicquot is also offering Early Access tickets, which include a reserved spot on the first ferry to Liberty State Park and retail for two-hundred and twenty-five dollars ($225.00).
Back by popular demand, the Rosé Garden is an elevated consumer experience with tickets retailing for five-hundred dollars ($500.00). The Rosé Garden ticket includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, gourmet lunch, priority ferry and shuttle access, expedited event entry, premium views of the match from an exclusive and beautiful garden setting with open lounge seating, early entry onto the field for a special performance by Alicia Keys, and a pair of limited edition Veuve Clicquot sunglasses by Vuarnet.
Tickets are available for purchase by visiting www.vcpoloclassic.com.