Spectators watching a baseball game at Anteater Ballpark
On City of Irvine Day at Anteater Ballpark, spectators can enjoy discounted tickets and watch Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan throw out the first pitch. Matt Brown / UCI Athletics

Irvine, Calif., May 16, 2022 — The University of California, Irvine is partnering with the City of Irvine to host City of Irvine Day at Anteater Ballpark on May 20. Residents are invited to watch the UCI baseball team take on California State University, Bakersfield on a day celebrating the relationship between the City and the university. Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan will throw out the first pitch.

“Sports, community and education are all pillars of our great City,” Mayor Farrah N. Khan said. “Partnering with UCI to share an evening to promote these great values and enjoy pre-pandemic activities is exactly what Irvine needs. We hope the Irvine community can come out to this family-friendly, fun-filled event and support this great City and our Anteaters!”

UCI Baseball has had nearly 30 winning seasons in its 43 years, with the Anteaters achieving 2009 and 2021 Big West championships, six NCAA Regional wins, Division II national championships in 1973 and 1974, and College World Series appearances in 2007 and 2014.

“We are thrilled to be able to host the residents of Irvine for an evening of baseball and fun,” said Paula Smith, UCI’s athletic director. “We enjoy a wonderful relationship with the Irvine community and look forward to continued engagement and collaboration.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at Anteater Ballpark’s Cicerone Field. Discounted tickets for both general-admission grass seating and home-plate reserved seating are available at www.fevo.me/cityofirvine. For UCI’s clear-bag spectator policies and general information, visit https://ucirvinesports.com/sports/2017/5/26/game-day-anteaterballparkgameday.aspx.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced five Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

About the City of Irvine: Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city with a population of 307,670 that spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Great Park. For more information, visit cityofirvine.org.

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