Irvine’s Great Park opens first part of new sports park, which is twice the size of Disneyland – Orange County Register

IRVINE — You may not know what’s actually at the Orange County Great Park, except for that giant orange balloon.

That might change now. On Saturday, Aug. 5, the city of Irvine and developer FivePoint hosted a grand opening of the first phase of the 194-acre Great Park Sports Park, which is the biggest of its kind in Orange County — larger than Disneyland and Disney California Adventure combined.

“I think it’s a moment that we are starting a new history for the Great Park and the city of Irvine,” Councilwoman Christina Shea said. “We’ve had years of inability to create a park, get off the ground, and now we are finally moving forward.”

Saturday’s festivities included an opening ceremony — featuring Irvine officials, dignitaries and soccer greats like Landon Donovan and Amy Rodriguez — followed by a soccer match by Orange County high school all-star teams at the new 2,506-seat Championship Soccer Stadium. A free concert by the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi was scheduled in the evening.

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