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The field is nine times the size of a football field. The field is nine times the size of a football field.
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ROGERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

While Alabama might be primarily full of football fans, there are also those that prefer baseball, hockey or basketball. In Rogersville, polo is building a following.

Polo is the world's oldest organized sport, going back thousands of years to Genghis Kahn. Bluewater Creek Polo Club has everything you need to learn the game, even an Argentinian pro on staff. While the sport isn't for smaller pocketbooks, it is gaining in popularity, thanks to Edward Stanley Robbins III.

Robbins is a lifelong horseman who owns the facility. "Patton was a polo player. Will Rogers was a polo player. There's been notable people in history attracted to the game," he said.

He bought the land in 1980, at a time se said the property had been abused. "They had catfish ponds, hog pens, junkyards for cars," said Robbins.

He said it took two to three years to get the place ready for the first match. The field is nine times the size of a football field. The game itself is played in ‘chukkers,' or periods. If you are left-handed, you must learn to move your mallet to the right hand.

For many people, the love of the game is passed down. "My father has been playing polo for years and he just got back into it. I decided to come out and start to play with him," said Bennett Moore.

The object is to move the ball through the goal posts for a score. The teams then change direction. Each team is made up of four players who change horses after each chukker.

What do the locals think of this sport? "For some of them it's a curiosity to see what it's all about. Some come back and have an interest in it," said Robbins.

Robbins' daughter, Teena, is the manager of the facility and was raised on the sport. "Bluewater Creek is free and open to the public for most of our polo games," she said. "We have a lot of private parties and private events as well."

They will also host two US Polo Association tournaments this year.

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