The world’s first spherical structure, featuring the world’s largest and highest resolution LED screen, will not only transform the Las Vegas skyline, but also reshape the entertainment industry.
Since the days of Dead Martin and the Rat Pack in the 1960s, Las Vegas has now become the world capital for live entertainment. Between showcase fights and residencies from Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Magic Mike, the city is constantly raising the bar on what it will bring out next.
The newest attraction, developed by Madison Square Garden Entertainment and seen just off the strip behind the Venetian, will be completed in 2023.
Photo: The Madison Square Garden Sphere, soon to be the largest sphere in the world, will transform Las Vegas forever
The project was briefly interrupted by the pandemic and completion and first execution are now scheduled for 2023
Called the MSG sphere, the $1.8 billion spherical entertainment venue will reach 112 meters in height and can seat 17,500.
Most impressively, it will have the largest display with the highest LED resolution in the world – 19,000 x 13,500 pixels – covering an area larger than three football fields, enveloping the sphere over and behind the stage to create a fully immersive experience that is said to be 100 times clearer than today’s best HD TVs.
On the outside of the building, 54,000 square feet of programmable lighting will give those who can’t get into the sphere a show of their own.
However, the MSG sphere is much more than just a high-definition display.
The sphere will feature the world’s largest display with the highest LED resolution — 19,000 x 13,500 pixels — covering an area larger than three football fields
Work is now underway on the sphere’s geodesic exoskeleton, which will add an additional 24 meters to its total height
Several audio streams are simultaneously sent directly to the individual seats using an advanced acoustics system known as ‘bean-forming technology’. An infrasound haptic system also uses vibrations so that spectators can feel the sound around them.
Construction on the site began three years ago, in 2018, with the drilling of nearly 600 piles from the excavation of approximately 84.00 cubic meters of material to support the weight of the massive structure and make room for a 5,000-square-foot basement. meters for underground events, changing rooms and other facilities in the building.
With such a great distance, according to B1M, the team had to transport the world’s fourth largest crawler from Belgium to position some of the largest and heaviest components.
The crane, which at its peak was 10 meters higher than the nearby High Roller, was a construction project that took 18 days to assemble on site.
With such a distance, according to B1M, the team had to transport the fourth largest crawler in the world from Belgium to position some of the largest and heaviest components.
To build the roof, a temporary 86-meter support tower was first built in the center of the arena, then a 154 ton compression ring was placed on top of 32 trusses.
Mid 2021 on top of the steel frame, work is now underway on the sphere’s geodesic exoskeleton, which will add an additional 24 meters to the overall height and provide the surface for the exterior LED displays.
Once fully sealed, work on the state-of-the-art facility will begin.
Like so many things, the project was briefly interrupted by the pandemic and its completion as well as first performances are now scheduled for 2023.
Once the construction of the sphere (pictured) is complete, its incredible structure will be impossible to miss when looking at the city skyline.
Las Vegas’s ability to reinvent itself has transformed it from an escape for the builders of the Hoover Dam to America’s playground and the only city in the world where you can see the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Egyptian Pyramids and see the canals of Venice. miles apart.
However, with similar cities built exclusively for entertainment, such as Macao or Dubai, Las Vegas is in a constant battle to maintain its status as the entertainment capital of the world and is fully committed to the Madison Square Garden Sphere.
The MSG Sphere plans to connect to the Venetian and Palazzo via the Sands Expo and Convention Center, and it looks set to become the newest must-see venue in a city of must-sees.