The Irvine City Council in California March 14 unanimously voted to approve a plan between FivePoint and Live Nation Entertainment to build and operate a temporary, 12,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater to replace the shuttered Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.

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Irvine Amphitheater - Two members of #SaveLiveMusicIrvine listen attentively to the Irvine City Council in California March 14 as the council votes to approve Live Nation and FivePoint’s proposal to build and operate a temporary outdoor amphitheater in place of the torn-down Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.

Supporters of the project, many wearing red “Save Live Music Irvine” T-shirts, filled the council chambers and City Hall lobby.

“This is a win for all live music lovers and especially the nearly 35,000 fans who offered their voices to the Save Live Music Irvine initiative,” said Emile Haddad, Chairman and CEO of FivePoint. “The cornerstone of how we build communities is connectivity. We believe what makes communities great is diversity and inclusivity. I don’t believe there is a better place to find that than a live music venue and that’s why this decision is important.

“I only hope that soon we will be celebrating the approval of the permanent amphitheater at the Great Park to ensure live music in Irvine continues for many generations to come.”

Bret Gallagher, president of Live Nation Southern California, shared the excitement.

“We couldn’t be happier to continue to be part of the unique culture of live music in Irvine,” said Gallagher in the statement. “We are excited to partner with FivePoint, a company that embodies the spirit of California living, to build and operate what will be a high-quality event venue with spectacular views of the Santa Ana Mountains as well as outstanding conveniences and amenities that cater to music fans of all ages.”

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre staged its final concert last October after more than 35 years.

FivePoint and Live Nation then announced a proposal to build and operate an interim outdoor venue at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.

Under the approved plan, Live Nation will lease the concert venue site at the end of the remaining runways next to the Great Park.