The Sphere to debut in 2020
February 13, 2018 3:00 AM
by Robert Mann
Madison Square Garden Co.’s proposed 18,000-seat MSG Sphere arena in Las Vegas is expected to be open in 2020, the company announced late last week in New York City. The site is behind the Venetian and Palazzo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. MSG is partnering with Las Vegas Sands Corp. on the project.
The cost of the project or how the financing would be divided was not disclosed.
The Sphere will feature the latest in audio technology known as “beamforming,” which sends sound directly to a specific location instead of blasting it over speakers spread through a venue. It has been developed by Holoplot, a German company.
MSG Ventures, a new entity formed after MSG’s $17.7 billion sale of Cablevision, says Sphere will transform the way audiences experience concerts and events with numerous other innovative features including Internet at each seat, bass pumped through the floorboards and screens that stretch across the ceiling.
MSG CEO and executive chairman James Dolan told USA Today, “It’s no longer just about what is happening on stage, it’s about what is happening inside the entire audience.” Those in attendance will be able to share what is happening on stage with friends on social media and create interactive experiences with performers and presenters on stage, he said.
Music industry observers say the new technology will help differentiate the new music venue in an increasingly crowded Las Vegas concert scene.