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The Empire Polo Club, hosting the Desert Trip music festival in October 2016

The Empire Polo Club is a 78-acre[1] polo club in Indio, California in the Coachella Valley of Riverside County, near Palm Springs. Founded in 1987, it has hosted international polo tournaments. It leases out its polo grounds for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival annually for the last three weekends in April.


The club is located at 81-800 Avenue 51 within the city of Indio, in the Coachella Valley and Colorado Desert of Southern California.[2][3][4][5] It is a 45-minute drive from Palm Springs and a 2-hour drive from Downtown Los Angeles or San Diego.[2][3]


It was founded in 1987.[3][6] It has twelve polo grounds, making it one of the largest polo clubs on the West coast of the United States.[3][6]

It hosts local, national and international matches and tournaments.[4][6] In 2013, it hosted a match between the British Schools and Universities Polo Association (SUPA) and the USPA Intercollegiate/Interscholastic.[7] It has also hosted events for the Gay Polo League.[8] In 2015, it hosted the USPA Townsend International Challenge Cup.

The grounds are owned by Alex Haagen III.[9] Since 1993, the Empire Polo Club has leased its polo grounds annually to Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of the Anschutz Entertainment Group, the organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Festival.[10][11][12]

On October 7–9 and 14–16, 2016, it hosted Desert Trip,[13] a music festival featuring legendary rock performers Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who.


  1. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 31, 2015). "YouTube to Live-Stream Coachella Music Fest for Free for 5th Year Running". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Palm Springs, California: Empire Polo Club
  3. ^ a b c d Empire Polo Club Announces 2015 Winter Season Archived 2015-02-03 at the Wayback Machine, The Polo Magazine, 27 September 2014
  4. ^ a b Victoria Pelham, Polo season returns to Empire Polo Club field, The Desert Sun, January 4, 2015
  5. ^ Horace A. Laffaye, The Evolution of Polo, Jefferson, North Carolina: Farland & Co., 2009, p. 210
  6. ^ a b c Empire Polo Club: One of the largest polo clubs on the West Coast of USA, PoloLine, October 23, 2014
  7. ^ England to play USA for the Townsend Cup tomorrow, Polo Times, January 11, 2013
  8. ^ Deborah Deutsch, Chip McKenney, Founder of the Gay Polo League, On How the League Was Born Archived 2015-02-03 at the Wayback Machine, Equestrian Quarterly, November 14, 2013
  9. ^ Fessier, Bruce (April 9, 2015). "Coachella promoters working to improve festival". The Desert Sun. Gannett Company. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Alex Reisner (2008–2012). "Empire Polo". Classic Rock Concerts. alex reisner. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  11. ^ Ray Waddell, Goldenvoice Buys 280 Acres of Land at Coachella Site, The Hollywood Reporter, March 27, 2003
  12. ^ Stars of indie, rock & pop take part in the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, The Daily Telegraph
  13. ^ Desert Trip website