Irvine is a step closer to finally getting a permanent amphitheater constructed inside the city’s Great Park.
Since the 16,000-capacity Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre was torn down back in 2016, the temporary 12,000-capacity FivePoint Ampitheatre, located just outside of the Great Park, has hosted several big-name acts including Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Kiss, Halsey, Sammy Hagar and many more.
City Manager Oliver Chi will present the design of the new amphitheater, which will be operated by Los Angeles-based concert promoter Live Nation, as part of the framework for amenities in the Great Park for approval to the City of Irvine and the Great Park Board during a council meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
“If they approve, we can move forward and we’ll really roll up our sleeves and get a full design and we’re that much closer to a permanent amphitheater in Irvine,” Bret Gallagher, president of Live Nation Southern California said during a recent phone interview. Live Nation is encouraging the public to show up or tune in virtually to the meeting to show support.
The new venue will have a capacity of roughly 14,000, Gallagher said, and will be located just north of the new Wild Rivers Waterpark. Much like the old Irvine Meadows, it will have a pit that can be modified for standing or seating and a sprawling lawn area.
Gallagher said that since Live Nation operates about 60 amphitheaters nationwide, the company has taken notes on the things the guests enjoy the most and will be implementing those elements into the new venue. Unlike the current temporary space, which is using portable bathrooms and hand washing stations, Gallagher reports that ample washrooms have been included in the new design. Though there’s plenty of parking worked into the plan, there is still a push for fans to take public transportation. There will be a walking path from the Irvine …read more
Source:: Los Angeles Daily News
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