Free Community Event to Celebrate Grand Opening of World-Class Sports Park

Maruska —  July 31, 2017

FivePoint and Irvine city officials will host a free “community open house” to offer a first-hand look at the 53-acre first phase of the Sports Park. Attendees will be treated to a day long festival of family-friendly games, including sneak peeks at the world-class amenities, demonstrations and sports clinics with well-known athletes, including Landon Donovan, Amy Rodriguez and Brad Friedel; and savory eating at 14 food and dessert trucks. The grand-opening celebration will culminate in a free concert featuring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of the Blues Brothers. 

Built on the site of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, the Sports Park is ultimately planned to be nearly twice the size of Disneyland and is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the City of Irvine and FivePoint, the development manager of Great Park Neighborhoods. The first phase: a world-class youth sports facility that complements the award-winning schools, vibrant economy and well-planned neighborhoods that help Irvine rank consistently as one of the best places to live.  

Once complete, the 194-acre Sports Park is planned to include a dedicated softball complex with five fields, a championship stadium and four batting cages; a baseball complex with seven baseball fields, also with a championship stadium and four batting cages; plus, four basketball courts, six more soccer fields and “flex fields” that can be used for rugby, cricket and lacrosse.  


  • 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Exhibitions, clinics, competition, games at Tennis Courts, Soccer Fields & Volleyball Venue
  • 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Food/Dessert Trucks availabe on site
  • 3:30 p.m. — Opening Ceremony, FivePoint/City of Irvine (Soccer Stadium)
  • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Soccer Exhibition Game (Soccer Stadium)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Welcome / Free Concert featuring The Blues Brothers


Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 2p.m. to 9 p.m.


Orange County Great Park
6950 Marine Way
IrvineCA 92618