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.
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