Founded in 1922 by legendary businessman, Paul Butler, the Oak Brook Polo Club is an American Polo treasure and one of the oldest polo clubs in the United States. It was once the sport's epicenter for elite professional polo in the United States and served as home to the U.S. Open Polo Championship for twenty-four seasons and other prestigious international and national polo tournaments. For decades the Club has been a popular Sunday tradition and social scene known for entertaining Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and Chicago's distinguished. Today. Beginning in 2022, the Oak Brook Polo Club will return play to the legendary Cecil Smith Field, which is adjacent to the Butler National Golf Course and neighbors the beautiful Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club in beautiful Oak Brook, Illinois. Located 17 miles from Chicago's Loop, the club hosts a number of Sunday polo matches and continues to attract thousands of fascinated spectators who marvel at the athleticism and majesty of this timeless sport.
Chicago Polo Association's second 12-Goal tournament gets underway with the start of the USPA Central Circuit General George S. Patton Jr. Cup at the Oak Brook Polo Club and matches at the Las Brisas Farm & Polo Club. The USPA nationally sanctioned circuit trophy is named after after the famous general in the United States Army who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the Third United States Army in France and Germany after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944, along with numerous other accolades.
Prior to the featured match, the Oak Brook Polo Club will host the return of the Butler Junior Challenge Cup. A youth exhibition match featuring Chicagoland's rising youth polo stars 18 years and younger. The match will be the beginning of what will become annaul tournament featuring local and out-of-state young adults.
In addition to this highly anticipated Championship match, the day will end with a Hot Air Balloon display on the field. Between 3-4 hot air balloons will be inflated and displayed as the sun sets on the Cecil Smith Field giving guests an incredible evening view of these balloons as they light up the field with their burners. Balloons will not lift off, but may ascend 30-50 feet while tethered to the ground. The display and ascension will be determined on whether weather conditions are safe to inflate and display.
- 1:00 PM - Gates Open to Public
- 1:30 PM - Butler Junior Challenge Begins
- 3:00 PM - On-Field Polo Festivities Begin
- 3:15 PM - Featured Match Begins
- 4:00 PM - Halftime Divot Stomp
- 5:00 PM - Match Ends
- 5:30 PM - Awards Ceremony
- 6-8:00 PM - Hot Air Balloon Display
ACTIVITIES & PERFORMANCES:
- Best Hat Contest
- Best Tailgate Contest
- Post Match Evening Hot Air Balloon Display
For more event information, please visit www.oakbrookpoloclub.com
Date & Time
Sun, Jul 24, 2022 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM