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“What a shame”

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Ranked #20 of 33 things to do in Irvine
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Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Saw Kid Rock. Awesome! Great venue in terms of hearing and experiencing music and not as big as the Hollywood Bowl so more personal. However, the number of bathrooms available is ludicrous. 20 minute wait for men. Women using the urinals in the men's room because the wait for the women's restroom was worse! Trash everywhere! No parking charge, but took more than one hour to get out of the lot! Ridiculous. Too bad. Lots of potential if the management invested in the facilities.

Date of experience: July 2013
5  Thank eljuezcubano
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Nine friends and I purchased General Admission (lawn) tickets to see Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Irvine, CA, on Saturday, July 20. Although the bands were awesome, the overall experience was absolutely terrible! The concert was WAY overbooked, leaving many General Admission attendees without any place on the grass to sit or stand. Hundreds of us were left to mill around on the sidewalk at the very back of the ampitheater. Another way we could tell that the concert was oversold was that the lines to every restroom were ridiculously long. Each of us waited over 20 minutes in line each time we used the restroom. By far the WORST concert experience I have ever had!

Date of experience: July 2013
2  Thank Adele8148
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

When we arrived at Verizon Amphitheater we were impressed with how organized it was... They had lots of employees on hand to make parking very systematic and easy. Parking was free - Included in ticket price. It was a bit of a walk to get into the actual theater, but nothing out of the ordinary for a similar venue. Still, be sure to wear comfy shoes! The theater is clean and there were plenty of food/merchandise booths and restrooms. Food is wayyy overpriced, so bring your own!

Concert was great - Sound quality was wonderful as were the effects! We were seated in the theater - Not sure how it is on the lawn! For seating, try to get in the center of the stage but any level of section is fine - The seating area is pretty small so any seat offers a good view. Lawn seems to be a little high and small but like I said, I didn't get that perspective.

While I was impressed with the organization before and throughout the concert, after was CHAOS. We left as the band was playing their final songs to try to get to the parking lot early and it was still a nightmare. They had no systematic way to get people out of the spots so people were going in both directions (in lanes that could barely fit two cars), cutting each other off, and waiting in totally stopped traffic traffic. Obviously traffic is expected after a concert but if they made their exiting the lot situation as organized as their entering, this venue could be truly superb.

Date of experience: July 2013
3  Thank Jackie178
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

You can bring food to the park area but no glass bottles. I would pay VIP parking, otherwise, plan to walk quite a bit. It can get chilly even in summer, bring something warm, especially if you are sitting higher up OR no the grass.

Date of experience: May 2013
1  Thank galisgr8
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Took a picnic dinner, spread our blanket on a nice patch of grass with other revelers and listen to the little band near the entrance while and saw a wonderful performance by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra plus a great Neil Diamond band (so much fun singing and dancing to that music) followed by a spectacular fireworks show. All together a wonderful evening and perfect way to enjoy the 4th. Only downside was trying to get out of the parking lot. They didn't seem to have people directing traffic.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank travelgourmet71
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