This was my second year attending the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Last year, I was way too late to purchase my ticket, so I did General Admission last year, whereas this year, I purchased my ticket right away to be able to be on the Rosé Garden side. Now, being that I've done both sides, I can HONESTLY say, that the Rosé Garden is TOTALLY WORTH IT. It was so much fun, and a HUGE difference from general admission. (Which is why there is such a huge price difference.) I think the only good thing about the general admission side is that you have more food options, and the food is a lot better, since there are food trucks, however, your only option is to sit in dirt or grass, eat on the floor and spend a lot more money on champagne, since you don't get a free bottle per person while there. I think there are only 2-3 actual tables, that are no joke, filled with dirt and ants. On the Rosé Garden side, there are couches, chairs, seating options EVERYWHERE, tables, each person gets a free bottle of Rosé, a free meal, and everything is just decorated to a greater extent. So yes, they definitely spend a lot of time making the Rosé Garden worth every penny.
For me, I look at it as paying for an experience, so it really depends on what you see to be worth it. One of the girls I met this year, (who I've actually been friends with via instagram for a few years,) said she was also on the general admission side last year, and when she said, "I was literally miserable. I was sweating my ass off, I had dirt all over me, etc." I was like "OMG, me too!!" I actually left before the polo match last year because I was dripping in sweat, and my friend and I literally felt like we were going to pass out, since there was little to no shade. (It was also hot as balls last year.) I remember looking to the other side being like, "Ok, I'm DEFINITELY doing the Rosé Garden next year." I think my ONLY complaint about the Rosé Garden is the food. And the girls I was with agreed. Last year, I had a grilled cheese with fries or cheeseburger with fries (one of the two,) being on the General Admission side, and this time, while it was all Wolfgang Puck, it really was only food someone who is EXTREMELY healthy would like. It sounded good on paper, but it wasn't when you actually ate it lol. The only thing we all agreed that we liked was the pistachio dessert. (It tasted like a cinnamon brownie.) Now, here are a few more differences... The general admission side seriously gets over populated with people, because those tickets are pretty much sold all the way up until the event and will not sell out, whereas the Rosé side does sell out. On General Admission, there are never ending lines of people wanting to take pictures in front of the set ups that are over there, and you will spend a majority of your time... standing in long ass lines. So if you don't get there right when line up begins that morning, to be of the first groups to get there, you're kind of screwed. (And if we're being honest, girls go to this event to, one, drink, and two, take cute photos.) I got there probably 45 minutes later than I did last year, and there were still barely any people on the Rosé side, giving us time to look at everything, take a couple of photos, find a cute little spot to sit (rather than be like, oh shit, let's run to grab that spot!) and honestly just be able to enjoy our time there. It was all in all a MUCH more relaxing and enjoyable experience on the Rosé side.
So here is how I looked at it... If you travel a lot... think about how much you pay for a hotel, to basically just sleep in a night. You don't get a free meal, free bottle of champagne per person, or a "show" to watch. But again it's all how you personally look at it. To conclude though, YES, I thought the Rosé Garden tickets were totally worth it, and I'm already looking forward to next year!