100 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, Orange County
The Pacific Amphitheatre is an amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California, USA. The amphitheatre is located on the grounds of the OC Fair & Event Center.
Originally opened in 1983 by the Nederlander Organization, it hosted numerous headline acts of the day. The fairgrounds are surrounded by dense residential developments, and the amphitheatre was the focus of numerous noise complaints from local residents. In response, Nederlander proposed purchasing the nearby Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre and sending the louder bands to that venue, and keeping the softer ones at Pacific. After lawsuits were filed over the noise complaints, Nederlander dropped their ownership of the Pacific and the venue was closed in 1993.
It was reopened in 2003 for its twentieth anniversary, in conjunction with the annual Orange County Fair. As part of an agreement with local residents, concerts are only held concurrently with the fair.
In addition to concerts, the location is the site of commencement for nearby Orange Coast College.[1
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