What is the MSG Sphere?

Las Vegas MSG Sphere

Have you ever wondered what that big, globe-shaped construction project you see behind the Venetian Resort is?  Well, that’s the new 18,00 seat Madison Square Garden “MSG Sphere” arena.

Just for the record, I have also seen it called “The MSG Sphere at the Venetian” And yes, you read that right. It will have almost 18,000 seats. 17,500 seats to be exact!

Madison Square Garden, a division of MSG Ventures, is the company that aims to transform the way audiences experience concerts and events with features that include Internet at each seat, bass pumped through the floorboards, and digital screens that stretch across the ceiling (plus outside).

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The project was started back in 2018 and is expected to open in 2023.  It is a partnership between the Las Vegas Sands Corp and Madison Square Garden (MSG).  Although the Las Vegas Sands Corp owned the Venetian Resort at the time the project was started, the resort has recently been sold.

With the sale, I’m not sure if this ownership change impacts this project or not.  All current news references still state that the MSG Sphere is in a partnership with Las Vegas Sands Corp.

From what I can tell, there is no financial investment by Las Vegas Sands Corp, their part of the investment was the land to build it on.  Any financial costs are all being paid for by MSG

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Current Date for completion: 2023

Editor’s note: This post will be updated as things progress with news and updates!

Watch MSG Sphere Intro Video

Video Technolgy is the building

Seriously.  Video screens are not just little screens on the outside of the building. They are the building! The sphere’s exterior is a dome that features 190,000 linear feet of LED lighting, or roughly 36 miles end-to-end, to enable it to be lit up or display images and video customized for each event that is taking place.

That means what is beaming on the screens inside can also be shown outside.  Or the outside screens can be customized for what is or will be happening inside. Essentially cloaking the dome outside. It will all look like one giant live-action globe when seen from the street or the Strip.

What does all this video mean?  Expect a fully immersive experience on a scale never seen before. Inside the venue, guests will be surrounded by the largest and highest-resolution LED screen on Earth. More than 160,000 square feet of display surface (think three football fields) will wrap up, over and behind the stage and audience at a resolution 100 times better than today’s high-definition televisions.

Welcome to the future of audio technology

Now, you are already wowed by the video, imagine sitting in the theater, there is a speaker array set up 300 feet away.  Yet the sound you hear sounds like it’s coming from right in front and alongside you.  Even the cheap seats will sound like you are front and center! That is what will happen in the MSG Sphere.

The technology is known as beamforming audio, which sends sound directly to a specific location instead of blasting it over speakers spread through a venue with no loss of volume.  It will stay the same no matter where you are sitting.

Now, imagine listening to a presentation on stage.  The speaker is talking in Chinese, but you are hearing it in English.  The person next to you is from China. He is hearing it in Chinese.  Switch seats and the translation will follow you!

Size is everything!

This is Las Vegas. We dont do ordinary. If you plan to build anything here abd succeed, you need to be over the top on everything.  The MSG Sphere is over the top BIG Time! The sphere will stand 366 feet tall, it will be 516 feet wide at its widest point.

Sizing it up. The nearby Palazzo tower is 642 feet high, The Venetian is 475 feet tall, and the High Roller observation wheel is 550 feet tall. How’s that for size??

Just The Facts!

  • Opening Date: 2023
  • The Sphere will cost about $1.5 billion (all private funding)
  • The size of the globe is 400,000 sq ft.
    360 feet tall and 516 feet wide
  • The Sphere will have 17,500 seats
  •  Inside, the Sphere will have the highest resolution screen in the world at 19,000 by 13,500 pixels. That is 100 times clearer than today’s best HD TVs

Editor’s note: This post will be updated as things progress with news and updates!

1 comment
  1. This is going to be an amazing place and I cant wait to see it open. But what about the traffic??

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