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360-Degree Sphere Arena for Las Vegas

The Madison Square Garden Co. and Las Vegas Sands Corp. got the sign-off from Las Vegas officials Wednesday to begin construction of the MSG Sphere Las Vegas, which the developers say will fulfill the needs of next-generation entertainment.

February 22, 2018
Construction of the MSG Sphere Las Vegas will fulfill the needs of next-generation entertainment.

The Madison Square Garden Co. and Las Vegas Sands Corp. got the sign-off from Las Vegas officials Wednesday to begin construction of the MSG Sphere Las Vegas, which the developers say will fulfill the needs of next-generation entertainment.

Set to begin construction this June, the 18,000 seat concert and show entertainment venue will be located  just off the Strip and behind the Venetian. Including standing spaces, total capacity will be 23,000.

The Las Vegus Sun reports the structure will be 500-feet across at its widest point and more than 300 feet tall, with a connecting pedestrian bridge to the Venetian and Palazzo casino complex. Thirty-six miles of LED lights will wrap the ball

Inside the ball, a high-resolution screen will span the 180,000-square-foot ceiling. A camera system located inside the dome will even be able to broadcast out to the outer shell, allowing the event inside to be viewed by anyone outside. A different camera system set up around the city will be able to virtually cloak the dome with real-time images and video of its surroundings, making it seemingly disappear. 

Technology known as beamforming audio, which sends sound directly to a specific location instead of blasting it over speakers spread through a venue, will be augmented with 'haptic floors' that will make seats vibrate with bass notes.

Kimberly Kerns, senior vice president of communications for Madison Square Garden Company, said the sphere will host concerts, corporate promotions, and sports events such as boxing matches.

Next-generation events like mass gaming and augmented-reality capabilities are being built into the sphere's design with each seat connected to the Internet and with the performers.

Total cost of the project has not been disclosed, but Las Vegas Sands will provide MSG with $75 million to help fund construction.

The MSG Sphere Las Vegas sphere plans to be open in late 2020.

image: Madison Square Garden

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