Orange County Great Park Reaches a Development Milestone as One of California’s Largest Public Sports Parks as it Debuts its Championship Stadiums and Fields
Monday, September 17, 2018
More than 1,000 residents, baseball and softball families, elected officials, and community leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of all stadiums and fields at the Orange County Great Park Sports Park on Sept. 16.
The completion of the 194-acre Sports Park is a major step in the public-private effort to develop the entire 688-acre Great Park into a metropolitan park rivaling the best in the nation. The Sports Park, built and funded by FivePoint's joint venture, is twice the size of Disneyland. FivePoint had committed to build the Sports Park in five years. It was completed ahead of schedule in just four years.
“Emile Haddad and FivePoint continue to raise the bar with state-of-the-art championship sports facilities at the Orange County Great Park. The beautiful softball and baseball complexes are the latest in a series of one-of-kind sports venues that are truly defining Irvine as a world-class sports destination,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber. “These legacy sports facilities in Irvine will play host to future champions for generations to come.”
The latest phase of stadiums and fields that were just completed features seven baseball fields, including a 1000-seat Championship Baseball Stadium; five softball fields, including a Championship Softball Stadium with seating for 500; six synthetic-turf soccer fields; four basketball courts; and flex fields for lacrosse, rugby, cricket, and other uses.
The first phase of the Sports Park, which opened last year, included a 5000-seat Championship Soccer Stadium; six natural-turf soccer fields; 25 tennis courts, including a Championship Tennis Court with seating for 100; five sand volleyball courts, including a Championship Volleyball Court with seating for 100; and one-acre children’s playground.
The sports complex fills a need for additional sports and recreation facilities, and adds a new chapter to the legacy of the land that was the home of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.
The opening ceremony for the new Championship Baseball Stadium included remarks from Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Emile Haddad, chairman and CEO of FivePoint, Dick Owens, community services commissioner for the City of Irvine, and Dan Hay, CEO and softball ambassador for Premier Girls Fastpitch, as well as appearances by Orange County natives Amanda Freed, Olympic gold medal winner, NCAA national champion, and 2018 inductee into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame; and Shawn Green, former Tustin high school standout and two-time MLB All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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