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“Country concert” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8800 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 855-8096
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Ranked #6 of 9 Attractions in Irvine
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Fresno, California
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“Country concert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I have read mixed review of this place. My experience was good. I took a shuttle from my hotel, so I cannot comment on the parking. There were shuttles dropping us off right at the box office, so if that is an option for you, grab it, judging by other comments I've read here. Nice looking grounds, ticketing agents and ushers were friendly. There was a long walk from the box office to the actual amphitheater, so plan footwear accordingly. Lots of space around the amphitheater for a variety of food, beverage, shopping, & sponsor tents. Good sound during the show. I had 10th row reserved seats which were great, but looking back at lawn seating it seemed to look very steep and very far away- those fans would have had to rely solely on jumbo trons to see the artists. Not enough bathrooms (at least women's bathrooms), and lines were very long. Even though the line moved fast, I still was in it for 20+ minutes, and missed most of the opening act. That also made up my mind to skip the alcohol for fear I would have to go through that again before the night was over! Overall, a very good experience.

Visited August 2013
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Orange, California
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“WORST venue concert experience ever.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Approximately 16 friends I purchased General Admission (lawn) tickets. The last time I came here was in the early 90’s, and the experience this time was not what I remembered.

Parking: It took over an hour to exit the parking lot after the concert. The lot was not difficult to get into, but it seemed like there was only one exit when leaving which took forever. The worst part about the parking lot was the lack of porta potties. We only saw about three individually placed units, and one that we went to was locked. I recommend that you bring a roll of TP also because it didn’t exist in the units that were there. The worst part was that people were so tired of waiting for the single porta potty that everyone was going into the bushes to pee. Some were just opening their car door and squatting in on the ground. Puddles of pee were all over the place.

The restrooms weren’t much better for the General Admission crowd inside the venue. Lines at the restrooms were almost an hour long. If you think about it and add up the cost to purchase a beer plus by your ticket, you are loosing about $50 each time you go to the bathroom in missed performance time alone. Just like the parking lot people were fed up with waiting in line were hopping the fence to pee in the bushes. Other just leaned up against the fence with there backs turned. This included the women who backed up to the fence and squatted. All this was happening in the middle of people walking past.

The hill for the General Admission crowd is very steep and the grass is very slippery. You spend the entire concert standing to see anything and most of you time is spent trying to keep from sliding down the hill. Make sure not to wear sandals or heals. Wear shoes with traction.

Exiting the venue just to get to the parking lot tool over ½ hour with thousands of people body to body, inching down the hill to the one and only exit. Talk about a panic attack. If one person had fallen over, it would have been like dominoes, all the way down the hill.

This by far was the WORST venue concert experience I have ever had and it was not because of the performers!!

Visited August 2013
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Irvine, California
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“Outdoor symphony”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Nice venue to enjoy good music with a picnic beforehand on the grounds. Usually each program features a guest singer/musician or some type of theme, ending with a fireworks finale for the last show of the summer season.

Visited August 2012
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“Great outdoor venue for concerts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We went here to see Joan Jett this past week and found seating to be well spread out, rows not right on top of each other, and venue is not so massive that you can't see stage. Besides the big screens compensate for that. It was really a good place for concerts.

Visited July 2013
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“Good venue for Classical or other music”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We were only here once to see a classical concert and it was a good venue. There is also lawn seating at the lower price for families.

Visited August 2012
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