The FivePoint Amphitheatre, erected to fill the void left by the closure of Irvine Meadows after 35 years, will open Thursday evening with a group of local rockers on the bill — Young the Giant.

The band featuring Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh and Francois Comtois formed in Irvine in 2004.

The new concert venue, built by developer Five Point Holdings with Live Nation Entertainment, is on 45 acres next to the Orange County Great Park, which is less than two miles from where Irvine Meadows was located.

The 12,000-seat venue has parking for 4,000 vehicles and is a five- minute walk from the Irvine Transportation Center — for concertgoers who take Metrolink to the show.

The new theater is meant to be temporary, with plans calling for a permanent outdoor concert venue in the park by 2020.

“FivePoint Amphitheatre is the result of what happens when a community comes together to prioritize what’s important to them, and companies like Live Nation and FivePoint respond by stepping up to work collaboratively with city leaders,” said Brett Gallagher, president of Southern California Live Nation. “We’re proud of the lead role we’re playing in delivering a visually stunning, high-quality event venue to music fans working with FivePoint and the City of Irvine.”

—City News Service

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