Polo season runs May 1-Oct. 9 at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

Polo season runs May 1-Oct. 9 at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. (Courtesy photo)

After nearly two years of being limited to no public spectators, Polo in Paradise is returning to Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, and the public is invited to help kick off the 2022 polo season on Opening Day, Sunday, May 1.

The 2022 season will feature tournaments and special events open to the public. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

“We are counting down with anticipation to our 2022 polo season, and looking forward to welcoming the public back to enjoy the entire season with us this year,” said John Muse, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club Board president.

“We have a record number of teams participating at every level, with many of the world’s most talented players coming to play with us. We welcome the entire community back for another spectacular summer season,” Muse said.

The season opens with the 12 Goal Series (May and June), followed by the pinnacle 18 Goal or High Goal Series (July and August), and closing out the season is the 8 Goal Series (September and October).

The Polo & Racquet Club also will offer polo lessons and clinics at its Polo Academy, and will host a variety of social events and happenings throughout the season, including the return of Friday Happy Hour.

“We’re looking forward to another incredible season of Polo in Paradise,” said David Sigman, general manager of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

“We can’t wait to see our stadium full of fans once again enjoying our signature Sunday Polo, but those in the know will agree that many of the most thrilling matches happen on Friday afternoons, so we hope to see you there for Happy Hour,” Sigman said.

“With something for everyone, from families and kids, to the social scene, to the players and teams that come here to compete among some of the world’s best – the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is one of the finest venues you’ll find in the country to enjoy the sport of polo, and so much more,” he said.

The 2022 Polo Season starts May 1 with the Folded Hills Vic Graber Cup. Doors open for Sunday Polo at 2 p.m., when guests can arrive early and have refreshments at the Fieldside Grill. The Pony Parade, the singing of the National Anthem, and team introductions will all lead up to the ball throw-in to start the match at 4 p.m.

For Sunday Polo, general admission tickets start at $30, with a variety of seating options from Grandstand Seating to Luxury Cabanas. Tickets are available here. For those celebrating a special occasion or have groups of 10 or more, the club offers a variety of special VIP accommodations to choose from.

Happy hour at the Polo and Racquet Club returns happens 3-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday for members and the public.

The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club’s 2022 season sponsors include: Rosewood Miramar Beach, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Folded Hills, NetJets Inc., O’Gara Coach & Bentley Motors of Westlake Village, Young Construction, Whittier Trust, USPA, Global Licensing, Inc., Sentinel Net Lease, Cheval Athletics, Calcagno & Hamilton, Inc., Fess Parker Winery, Kettle One, Aperol/Campari, and Diageo.

For more information about 2022 corporate partnership opportunities, click here. View the full season schedule here. The 2022 season runs through Oct. 9. For more about the club and to purchase tickets, visit sbpolo.com.