Jul 28, 2020 2:47 PM
U.S. Polo Assn., the multi-billion-dollar, official global apparel brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), announced it will serve as the apparel sponsor for the 2020 Silver Cup®. This event, which is being held this year from July 24 – August 9 at the historic Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (Carpinteria, California), is recognized as one of the USPA’s oldest and most prestigious tournaments with a rich history spanning some 120 years. Polo fans, and those new to the sport, should tune in to GlobalPolo.com for dates and times to watch the thrilling tournament action live or via video on demand.
As the 2020 Silver Cup®’s official apparel sponsor, U.S. Polo Assn. will be featured in multiple ways including the main scoreboard, social media, staff outfitting, trophy ceremony and more throughout the tournament. Also of note, the brand, which sells merchandise in 180 countries worldwide, is also apparel partnering with the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club throughout the 2020 season.
Originally named the Junior Championship, the Silver Cup® was first played in 1900. Since then, this historic tournament has undergone name and venue changes over the years. Most recently played at Aspen Valley Polo Club (Carbondale, Colorado) in 2019, the high-profile and highly competitive tournament boasts some 50 Polo Hall of Famers throughout its notable past. This year, the stunning Pacific Ocean, majestic mountains and beautiful vineyards of Santa Barbara will serve as the event’s backdrop.
“As a brand that is authentic to the sport of polo and built on its great heritage, we are excited to continue our support of the 2020 Silver Cup®, with this year being a much needed inspirational event during these challenging times for all of us,” said J. Michael Prince, President & CEO of USPA Global Licensing (USPAGL), who manages the multi-billion dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. “We are also very honored to partner with the world-class Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and thank them for hosting this important event for polo in the United States.”
The tournament is using a cross bracket format which includes eight very competitive teams: Antelope, Bensoleimani.com, Dundas, Farmers & Merchants Bank, FMB Too!, Klentner Ranch, Lucchese and Santa Clara.
“As the proud owners of this historic cup, we are excited to bring together these eight evenly matched and powerful teams to the fields of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club,” said Robert Puetz, CEO of the USPA. “Set between the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is the ideal backdrop for this year’s particularly meaningful tournament. With all of us working to manage the current global climate and Coronavirus pandemic, this tournament promises to be not only a highlight of polo’s summer season but of the global sporting season overall.”
Effective Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
The suspension of USPA Tournaments and Events will be lifted for USPA Member Clubs in locales where hosting polo matches and tournaments is permitted under applicable state and local laws, executive orders and similar decrees. The USPA Member Clubs in these locales are encouraged to follow all such requirements of their state and local authorities with respect to polo operations. In addition, we also encourage all USPA Member Clubs to take the precautions recommended by the CDC. We are preparing a detailed list of best practices for USPA Member Clubs as they return to hosting USPA Tournaments and Events and plan to circulate these guidelines within the next week. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will notify you if we determine a different course of action is necessary.Read More