Here's how the world's largest sphere will transform Las Vegas forever

The $1.8BILLION sphere that will change the Las Vegas Strip forever: World’s largest concert sphere is set to be the Madison Square Garden of Nevada

  • The world’s first spherical structure, containing the world’s largest and highest resolution LED screen, is being built in Las Vegas
  • Projected to be completed by 2023, the Madison Square Garden Sphere is unlike anything anywhere else on Earth
  • The $1.8billion spherical entertainment venue, called the MSG sphere, will stand at 112-metres tall and hold 17,500 seats
  • It will feature the largest and highest LED resolution screen in the world — 19,000 x 13,500 pixels — covering an area larger than three football fields
  • On the exterior of the building, 54,000 square metres of programmable lighting will give those who can’t get inside the sphere a show of their own. 

The world’s first spherical structure, containing 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 turned into 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 with what it will put forward next.

Its latest attraction, developed by Madison Square Garden Entertainment and seen just off the strip behind the Venetian, is set to be completed in 2023. 

Picture: The Madison Square Garden Sphere, soon-to-be  the world’s largest sphere, will transform Las Vegas forever

The project was briefly disrupted by the pandemic and its completion as well as first performance are now set for 2023

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The $1.8billion spherical entertainment venue, called the MSG sphere, will stand at 112-metres tall and hold 17,500 seats. 

Most impressively, it will feature the largest and highest LED resolution screen in the world — 19,000 x 13,500 pixels — covering an area larger than three football fields, englobing the sphere over and behind the stage to provide a fully immersive experience that’s allegedly 100 times clearer than today’s best HD TVs.

On the exterior of the building, 54,000 square metres of programmable lighting will give those who can’t get inside the sphere a show of their own.

However, the MSG sphere is much more than just a high-definition screen.

The sphere will feature the largest and highest LED resolution screen in the world — 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 overall height 

Different audio streams will be transmitted directly to individual seats at the same time using an advanced acoustics system known as ‘bean forming technology’. An infrasound haptic system will also use vibrations so that spectators can feel the sound around them. 

The venue’s construction started three years ago, in 2018, with the drilling of nearly 600 piles of the excavation of some 84,00 cubic meters of material to support the weight of the enormous structure and make room for a 5,000 square metre basement for underground events, dressing rooms and other amenities inside the building.

With such a big distance to cover, the team had to ship the world’s fourth-largest crawler from Belgium to position some of the largest and heaviest components, according to B1M.

Standing 10 meters taller than the nearby High Roller at its peak, the crane was a construction project, taking 18 days to assemble on site.

With such a big distance to cover, the team had to ship the world’s fourth-largest crawler from Belgium to position some of the largest and heaviest components, according to B1M

To build the roof, an 86-metre temporary shoring tower was first built in the middle of the arena, then a 154-tonne compression ring was put on top of 32 trusses.

Topping out the steel framework in mid-2021, work is now underway on the sphere’s geodesic exoskeleton which will add an additional 24 meters to its overall height and provide the surface for the exterior LED displays.

Once fully enclosed, work on the state-of-the-art fit-out will begin.

Like so many things, the project was briefly disrupted by the pandemic and its completion, as well as first performance are now set for 2023.

One the construction of the sphere (pictured) is completed, its incredible structure will be impossible to miss when looking at the city’s skyline.

Las Vegas’ ability to reinvent itself has seen it transform from an escape for the builders of the Hoover Dam into America’s playground and the only city in the world where you can see the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Egyptian Pyramids and the canals of Venice miles away from one another.

However, with similar cities exclusively build 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 betting big time on the Madison Square Garden Sphere.   

Planning to be connected to the Venetian and Palazzo via the Sands Expo and Convention Center, the MSG Sphere looks set to become the latest must-see venue in a city of must-sees.

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