The world’s largest sphere is being built on the Las Vegas Strip and it’s groundbreaking
The Las Vegas skyline, and the Strip in particular, is a cityscape that seems to be constantly changing, with buildings being regularly torn down and replaced.
At present, a new construction project is underway which has likely caught the attention and aroused the curiosity of area residents and frequent visitors to Sin City. If you’ve been to Las Vegas recently, you’ve probably spotted it and wondered what the hell it could be.
The massive spherical structure that stands just behind The Venetian is actually an unprecedented and incredibly ambitious project that has already taken years to prepare. It’s called the MSG sphereimagined and created by the same company that owns “The World’s Most Famous Arena” in New York City—Madison Square Garden (MSG)
Madison Square Garden Entertainment is a global leader in live entertainment whose other brands include the equally famous Radio City Music Hall and the New York Rockettes, The Beacon Theater and Tao Group Hospitality.
The orb-shaped superstructure that is currently underway is set to become a state-of-the-art, state-of-the-art entertainment venue unlike anything the world has seen so far, as well as the tallest spherical structure in the world at over 500 feet wide and 300 feet high.
Crews recently passed a crucial milestone with the completion of the building’s primary steelwork, which was no small feat with 775 tonnes of steel involved in construction.
When completed, the outer surface of the enormous globe will essentially be a massive multimedia display, so large and bright that it will be visible from space. Thanks to the magic of the camera, the exosphere will even give viewers the illusion that they can see through it to the other side.
“It certainly has the potential to be one of the most photographed buildings on the planet,” said Lucas Watson, president of MSG Entertainment. KTLA. “We hope we redefine what it means to do live entertainment.”
The indoor performance arena of the MSG Sphere is designed to accommodate musical performances and other live entertainment experiences that completely immerse audiences to a degree never before possible.
The interior of the structure will have a capacity of 20,000 guests and will feature a colossal 160,000 square foot LED display screen that begins behind the guest seating area and wraps around the proscenium, completely engulfing the audience in the media experience.
The interior and exterior canvases are so unique that MSG actually had to build its own studio in Burbank, California, and recruit artists, engineers and production designers to create new forms of content compatible with the visual displays of MSG Sphere.
“It’s meant to be an entirely new toolkit and palette for the world’s top creators,” Watson said.
Auditorium seating will incorporate haptic technology, and the venue will be able to influence other senses through the manipulation of wind, temperature and smell – 4D techniques similar to those used in the flight simulator attraction Soarin ‘at Disney California Adventure Park, but with more advanced technology.
“We certainly think this technology is a whole generation ahead of other places and experiences you can see today,” Watson remarked.
In terms of audio features, the MSG Sphere will have 164,000 speakers that operate using beamforming technology, which essentially uses wireless signals to direct sound directly to each individual seat. The company told KTLA that this technology makes it feel like you have your own personal studio at every seat in the house.
The MSG Sphere at The Venetian is expected to debut in the second half of 2023, which would represent a total investment of nearly $2 billion.