MSG Sphere, Futuristic Music Venue Coming to Vegas in 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV – In a city where seemingly every building or attraction is constantly fighting for your attention, the one that may rise above them all in terms of spectacle will be opening its doors in 2020, as plans for the futuristic music venue MSG Sphere – due to begin construction later this year – was revealed to the public this week.

The MSG Sphere, a joint venture between Sands Corp. and Madison Square Garden, will be a 400,000-square-foot, 18,000-seat, 360-foot-tall globe-shaped arena slated to be constructed on 63 acres of property located behind the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Judging by the conceptual renders supplied by the Madison Square Garden Company, the MSG Sphere, once completed, will truly be a unique attraction in a city known for many, as well as an unbelievable sight to behold in its own right. The exterior of the sphere will feature 36 miles of variable intensity LED lighting, enabling the structure to allow outside spectators to peer through a transparent facade to watch the concert within; at higher lighting intensities, outside vision will be obscured. In addition, images of Las Vegas taken via a camera system could be projected upon the sphere as well.

MSG Sphere, a 400,000-square-foot, 18,000-seat, 360-foot-tall globe-shaped arena slated to be constructed on 63 acres of property located behind the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip; Photo credit: The Madison Square Garden Company

The venue will typically not feature sporting events, but rather cater to musical performances and concerts; however, the occasional boxing or MMA contest could be held there if needed. Interactivity will be emphasized via high-speed wi-fi access for each and every seat, enabling concertgoers to constantly and easily document their experience on the social media platform of their choice, posting comments, photos, and video clips to their followers with ease.

Inside, a 180,000-square-foot ceiling will feature massive video screens for attendees to watch, and a floor-installed bass speaker system should appeal not only to those taking in a concert, but club-goers on evenings when electronic dance music acts take the MSG Sphere stage, giving the music venue a multi-genre and event capability.

And in addition to the MSG Sphere being dazzling to behold in a visual sense, it’s also planned to be just as impressive from an aural perspective as well; the venue will feature an acoustics technology developed by the German company Holoplot known as “beamforming audio,” a technology that sends sound directly to a specific location via planar audio waves. Going beyond the experience of standard stereo speaker systems, the transmission of audio using beamforming tech is being touted as so precise that individuals seated in the same vicinity could hear completely different sounds while taking in the same performance.

Parking for the venue will make use of facilities at nearby casinos, utilizing 12,101 spaces divided up among the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo Center garages as per zoning and land use permits issued in February by Clark County city commissioners; in addition, owners of the MSG Sphere will create an additional 304 spaces on their own property to supplement their parking needs.

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