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Premier League Hull's KC Stadium to host polo

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Hull City's KC stadium that has played host to top flight football and rugby league along with squash and even cricket.

But in May all eyes of the crowd at the KC Stadium will be on athletes of a different variety – horses.

In what is believed to be a UK first, four polo games will grace the pitch, ahead of its reconstruction in May and June.

The event has been organised by Rowley Park Polo Club and will see eight teams battle it out for four coveted trophies on Monday, May 12.

George Carter, polo manager of the club, which is based in Little Weighton, said: "We're extremely proud to be able to introduce a new sport to the KC Stadium.

"With Hull having recently been awarded the title of UK City of Culture for 2017, events like this help to demonstrate how diverse and exciting our sporting community is.

"We want to encourage as many people as possible to come down and have some fun – even if they haven't ever watched or played polo before.

"It's a great sport that the whole family can enjoy.

"It might even inspire people to give it a go for themselves."

The competitors will play arena polo, which is a fast-paced version of polo.

Normal polo is played on a pitch six times the size of a football field. The game consists of four chukkas, or periods, of seven-and-a-half minutes each.

KJ

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