LAS VEGAS, NV – There are currently two monorail stations in the planning stages in Las Vegas, and one of them is conformed to be servicing the upcoming MSG Sphere at The Venetian facility, an appropriate melding of a futuristic transportation mode and an equally-futuristic concert facility.
Clark County has recently received plans from the developer of the project, calling for a 60-foot tall, 11,119 square-foot monorail station that will feature platforms on both sides – north and south – of the existing monorail track that passes through the 19-acre MSG Sphere site. The monorail station will provide access via a 1,100 foot-long pedestrian bridge that is also in the works, slated to connect the MSG Sphere with the Sands Convention Center.
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. A futuristic music and event venue, the MSG Sphere will feature an exterior with 36 miles of variable intensity LED lighting, enabling the structure to allow outside spectators to peer through a transparent façade to watch the concert within; at higher lighting intensities, outside vision will be obscured. Ground was broken on the project in September of 2018, with construction expected to be compete in 2021.
The construction of the monorail station is expected to incorporate painted steel, metal panels, metal guardrails, glass doors, and metal roofing, with support columns made from concrete. The current estimated price of the station is not publicly known.
A second monorail station for Las Vegas is also in the works, with a station and track extension planned to connect the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay with the upcoming 65,000-seat Las Vegas Raiders stadium, a $1.8 billion project that is currently under construction. The price tag of this aspect of the monorail expansion is purportedly in the neighborhood of $23.6 million, and is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete once started.
Upon completion of the new stations and extensions, the Las Vegas monorail system’s track will span five miles comprised of nine stations, offering both local residents and visitors an easy and effective means of transportation to a variety of locations throughout the city, including hotels, casinos, dining, retail, and entertainment venues, in addition to all of its major convention centers and, of course, the MSG Sphere once it is completed.
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