Calverton Polo Proposal

A developer group wants to make a 755-acre New York parcel the Polo Capital of the World.

When Ellerstina battled La Dolfina in the Super Bowl of Polo last December in the final jewel of the Triple Crown, the match showcased eight of the world’s Top 12 polo players including Facundo Pieres, Adolfo Cambiaso, David Stirling and Pablo MacDonough. Not only was it a final of epic proportions, the 117th Abierto de Palermo solidified Argentina’s position as the center of the polo universe.

But what if the world turned upside down and the new center of the polo universe shifted 5,300 miles away to a quiet town in New York? That’s what one Argentine company is proposing with the potential purchase of a 755-acre parcel on the north shore of Long Island. The International Polo Organization with the backing of Ellerstina and La Dolfina pitched the idea to city officials with the superlative pitch of making Calverton “the polo capital of the world.”

If approved, the giant parcel would be converted into a sprawling polo complex with seven fields including a 10,000-seat stadium. The developers also pitched a residential component with up to 400 houses but, when opposition was voiced, they indicated a willingness to downsize or nix the housing altogether. According to sources, the parcel is not currently zoned for residential construction, and the last offer for $155 million fell through.

The Suffolk Times says with some politicians opposed to the residential component, a pending environmental study that could last two years and the track record of failed polo proposals in Calverton, it sounds like Argentina will remain “the polo capital of the world.” (Full Story)

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