Palisades Chamber Hopes For Even Bigger Polo Tournament Turnout During 405 Closure

Carmageddon II is the same weekend as the 20th annual polo tournament at Will Rogers State Park, but expectations for a big turnout remain high.

The closure of the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 110 freeways on the weekend of Sept. 29 and 30, also known as Carmageddon II, impacts the Westside the same weekend as some huge planned events, especially the 20th Annual Polo Tournament at Will Rogers Station Park. It's hosted by the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Executive Director Arnie Wishnick said this will be the event's most challenging year in lieu of Carmageddon II.

"But we promise the horses will be fearless and the riders are fearless about Carmageddon II," he said. "And we'll be all there, and we’ll have about three games."

Wishnick said they very worred about Carmageddon II affecting the tournament, since the event was planned 12 months ago.

"But others have told us to look on sunny side and see it as a plus," he said. "And people won’t be able to get around, but what else to do then go to Will Rogers Historic Park, so it could be biggest turnout ever."

Wishnick added they get close 1,000 people for the polo tournament in year's past.

"I think this year, we could surpass that number," he said.

One of the returning teams this year, Perennial Financial Services, have already three-peated the tournament and are looking for a fourth.

"We’ve had other teams win three, but not four," Wishnick added.

There are six teams in this year's tournament, all sonosred by Pacific Palisades businesses. Admission is free, but the state will ask for $12 at the gate for parking, Wishnick said.

The final game will by end 12:30 p.m. and there will be pony rides for the kids. For more information, see the attached flyer.


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