The Great Park Sports Complex in Irvine is Orange County’s premier destination for sports and recreation. The Sports Complex offers over 100 acres of space for recreational sports, with future projects still in the works. Here are some of the features of the Orange County Great Park Sports Complex.
Baseball & Softball: The baseball and softball complex features 10 lighted ball fields and two championship stadiums. The fields are available by reservation and for use through city recreational programs.
Basketball: There are four lighted basketball courts at the Great Park Sports Complex that are available every day for first come, first serve drop in use.
Flex Fields: The natural turf flex fields are large lawn areas that can accommodate a variety of uses and events and up to four additional soccer fields.
North & South Lawns: The south lawn offers 30 acres of lawn with four lighted fields, benches, and spectator viewing areas. The south lawn also features nearby public restrooms, over sized chess sets, access to the walkable timeline and the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Path, and a reflecting pond is located at the at the south lawns west end. The 7-acre north lawn is used primarily for day use recreational activities and there are no lights in this area.
Play Areas: The Great Park Sports Complex features a play area with unique playground equipment, a zip line, webs, climbers, and swings all with a recycled rubber ground cover. Benches and covered picnic tables are available.
Soccer Stadium: The regulation sized Championship Soccer Stadium offers seating for 2,500 people, including an upper level viewing deck, berm seating areas, a box office and concessions. There are locker rooms and training facilities for team use. City athletics offices are also located here.
Soccer Fields: There is ample space to accommodate up to 24 soccer fields with team benches and spectator viewing areas. There are six grass fields with lights and six synthetic turf fields that can also be used for lacrosse.
Tennis: The Tennis Center at the Great Park Sports Complex includes 25 lighted tennis courts that are available for drop in play, league matches, tournaments, and academies for youth and adults. There is one championship tournament court that has seating space for 132 people. There is a concession stand, restrooms, and office space available. The Tennis center can accommodate kids camps, lessons, recreational programs, and adult team workouts and meetings. Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy is now available at the Great Park Tennis Center, offering tennis lessons for youth and adults.
Volleyball: The Great Park Sports Complex features sand volleyball courts that are available for drop in use every day from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. There is one championship sand court with seating to accommodate 178 people, and four standard lighted sand courts. Volleyball lessons and camps are now available the the City of Irvine’s recreational programs.
Great Park Ice
Great Park Ice & Five Point Arena: The 280,000 square foot public ice facility is the largest of its kind in California. It is a state of the art practice facility for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and competitive skaters. There is a gym, full service restaurant and bar, and a café.
The ice facility features concession stands and a skate shop, and an upstairs viewing lobby for parents to watch while their children practice hockey and figure skating. The upstairs lobby spans the entire length of the four rinks and will eventually include a restaurant. The FivePoint Arena accommodates up to 2,500 spectators with a scoreboard, press box, and concessions.
U.S. Figure Skating will train on the premises and the rinks is available for use for other ice sports such as curling and speed skating. There is a figure skating wing and a hockey wing to accommodate professionals and tournaments. The Ducks have their own private area that includes locker rooms, jacuzzis, a kitchen, a weight room and a sauna. The figure skating wing features ballet and dance rooms, a music room, and a recovery room.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.