The Iconic Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine is closing soon but donâ€™t stress out just yet because it looks like something better might be headed to the O.C.
A new temporary amphitheater is in the works by both FivePoint and Live Nation Entertainment. It is rumored that the venueâ€™s location will be next to the Great Park, right by where the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station used to be. It is expected to be smaller than the current venue, which holds up to 16,000 concert attendees.Â The reason behind the downgrade is the removal of the lawn area, which held about 4, 000 seats. So no biggie, itâ€™ll pretty much still be the same.
The city of Irvine has been looking into building a permanent amphitheater for years. They have hopes to begin this project alongside another huge development in the 248-acre Cultural Terrance area inside the Great Park; it is said to possibly include a lake, a library and museums. This plan is currently being placed on hold because of the Tierra Verde recycling facility on site.
The Irvine Meadows Amphitheater opened back in 1981 and has hosted some of the biggest legends in history, like the unforgettable Michael Jackson during his Bad tour amongst other pop culture icons like Coldplay and Bob Dylan.
Gwen Stefani will be hosting the last concert at the venue before it closes this year with her This Is What The Truth Feels Like Tour on October 29-30.
The goal for the new amphitheaterâ€™s inauguration is set for Summer 2017, just in time for the yearâ€™s concert season. In the meantime, the concerts might be moving to the Honda Center in Anaheim or other neighboring venues.
The reason why the amphitheater of 35 years is closing in the first placeâ€”well thatâ€™s because 1,950 apartment units will serve as the replacement.