Legendary Polo Player Nacho Figueras came down to Newport Beach's Lido House Hotel for a personal meet and greet and kickoff party prior to L.A.'s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, which took place Oct. 5. To get an idea of what playing polo at such an iconic venue is like, we asked Figueras to give us some insider intel.
The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic celebrated its 10th year at Will Rogers State Park. What does it mean to you to have been such an integral part of this elite event?
We started together and it’s been a great ride a great honor because we started very humbly thinking we wanted to bring polo back to LA and polo was very popular in the 20s and 30s where Clark gable and Spencer Tracey played polo, there were 22 polo fields in LA in the 1920s. The idea was to bring that glamorous era back to LA and we’re happy because it’s become a fun event and it’s a great honor to celebrate ten years.
What do you enjoy most about raising awareness about the sport of polo through these other avenues?
These other ventures are important because polo needs awareness, and through my relationships over the years I’ve been able to talk about the sport that I love and it’s been a wonderful thing.
Where is the best spot in the house for viewing all the action and enjoying a glass of Veuve, in your opinion?
There’s different tiers of where you can watch the match, the general admission hill is a great view and the most people are there so there is a really fun atmosphere, and then the Rose garden is a more elevated experience and the new Grande Dame experience for the first time this year will be great. I think the cool thing about polo is that it doesn’t matter where you watch from, the action is always with you.
What do you enjoy most about playing in the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic compared to other matches? What makes this one particularly special?
LA makes it more special. Playing in the middle of Los Angeles with a place with such history, all these really cool guys used to play there, some of the most famous actors, Will Rogers himself, and I think their souls are still there. I love LA and this is one of my favorite events of the year.
How do you celebrate a big win?
Popping a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and spending time with friends and family and eating, I’m always very hungry after the games.
Anything we haven't asked that you'd like us to consider:
It’s great to be at Lido House meeting new people, I’ve never been to Newport Beach before. California is an amazing state and I always love spending time here. I have a house in Santa Barbara but have not been to this part of California before and I love to see new places and meet new people.