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“Nice Facility, Wide Food Selection, Substandard Restroom Availability”

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Ranked #11 of 49 things to do in Irvine
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

Attended the Journey concert on Saturday, 2 August.

VWA holds 16-k in seats, hundreds to thousands more on grass area. There is no avoiding parking hassles. You can take steps to make your experience better. Arrive early when the lots open, select a parking spot near the exit routes & yes, this can mean you walk further. Ensure you park for driving out of the stall. Back out, you will be delayed. Leave your seat before concert ends, waiting as close to exit route as possible. Concert over, quickly head to your car. Get in & get out.

My experience. Arriving early, I selected the $20 Premium parking lot, closet area to amphitheater entrance/exit. I asked lot rep where the exit was. Parked next to end of row by exit route, ready to drive straight out of exit. Concert over; we quickly got to the car, drove out. Exit path has two lanes, one - VIP parking & one - Premium. No other parking can access this route. From parking lot exit point to main road access about 100 yards. Outta there in less than 2 minutes.

Amphitheater opens, long line to enter went very quickly, rarely stopped moving. Plenty of people to check bags, scan tickets. They were professional, friendly, efficient.

You can safely bring a one-gallon zip lock bag with food and a 20oz sealed water bottle per person. Rules: http://www.verizonwirelessamphitheatreirvine.com/verizon-wireless-amphitheatre-rules/

Restroom availability is nowhere near close to what is needed. When main beverage sales items are alcohol & beer, you know it has to go somewhere, plan ahead. Double men’s capacity & 4X for women would be a good start. No excuse to spend your paid for, valuable concert time waiting to relieve yourself. Clearly the amphitheater designers have never been to a concert where alcohol is sold, willfully failing to take care of concertgoers.

Two laughingly small video screens are provided at the upper left & right upper corners of the stage. Way too small to be called viewable. Double the size & you might have a viewable product.

Would have rated higher but restroom lines were way, way, way, way too long. Unacceptable for a facility of this capacity. Too much valuable time wasted in line. Clearly management needs to do a better job. Question is will they? As this facility has been in operation for some time, the problem still exists, I doubt it will be done. Either you have a world class facility or you do not.

7  Thank LocalGuySDCA
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

View very nice loved the sound and seating. But it's quite a hike to amphitheater. If you have never been be prepared to walk and lots, and lots of stairs.

Thank Tina B
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Stuck in the lot forever after Santana.See it somewhere that you don't have to pay a sitter to sit in the lot WAY after the concert. Unbelievable.

2  Thank alysiaskl
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

This a great outdoor venue. The views are amazing. They do a good job of using all the grounds to make Fish Fest a blast every year. June 2011.

Thank ocjohnyb
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

I was at the venue a couple years ago and choose to remember the outstanding performers, but do have to say, horrible parking, loooong lines for everything, drunk - very drunk patrons, etc. still haunt me. I'm planning to see Lady A tonight, and so excited, but I have to have VIP parking and get a wheelchair at guest services due to an injury. Seats are front orchestra, and I thought I'd covered any potential problems, but I checked recent reviews to see if any improvement had been made at the venue, and no one has anything positive to say about my concerns, though I think we all agree the music makes some inconvenience worth it.... Yet it seems to have gotten worse, not better. Do I stay home and watch you tube videos of the show and search for a better venue? Cuz really, Lady A, I NEED YOU NOW!

5  Thank Peggy537
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