|Due to an overwhelming response to welcome home 16-year-old singing sensation and hometown resident, Jessica Sanchez, Chula Vista city officials have updated event information for May 12. Festivities include a short procession and mini concert.
The concert venue is EastLake High School stadium, located at 1120 EastLake Parkway. Gates open at 9 a.m. Stadium seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To arrive from the south, guests should use Olympic Parkway, or from the east, use Clubhouse Drive to EastLake Parkway. EastLake Parkway will now be closed to traffic from Clubhouse Drive to Otay Lakes Road from approximately 5 a.m. until noon in order to permit safe viewing of the procession.
The short procession into EastLake High School starts at 10:15 a.m. southbound on EastLake Parkway from Otay Lakes Road to Clubhouse Drive onto the school campus. Fans are welcome to root for Sanchez with homemade signs as she drives by.
Parking is at a premium, and guests are encouraged to carpool. Public transit will be re-routed. Riders might experience delays.
When the stadium has filled to capacity, the venue will be closed by the Fire Marshal.
Spectators should decide if they want to find a place on the processional route to cheer Sanchez or secure a seat inside the stadium. Sanchez is set to perform at approximately 11:15 am for 30 minutes. Due to the overwhelming size of the crowd expected, attendees will not be able to view the processional and the concert.
No over night parking is permitted at EastLake High School, Chula Vista Community Park or in the surrounding shopping malls. Cars will be towed if illegally parked.
No coolers, backpacks, umbrellas, pets or lawn chairs are permitted. Absolutely no food or beverages other than water are allowed on the field. Please show your support for Jessica Sanchez by bringing your homemade signs and best television smiles.
The City of Chula Vista thanks the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and SDG&E for their generous support of this event.
Sanchez is one of three finalists vying to win the title of American Idol, a nationally televised music program. She is the youngest contestant and the only West Coast participant. The show is in its 11th season and has over 43 million viewers.