MSG Sphere in Las Vegas: Some Facts Behind America’s Latest Marvel

With its thematic sound and light shows, the MSG Sphere has been wowing spectators across the globe
Deepa Natarajan Lobo | USA | Real Estate

The Sin City of Las Vegas, that boasts of Bellagio’s dancing fountains, a breath-taking replica of the Eiffel Tower, the Stratosphere Tower and some of the world’s best casinos, is now home to yet another spectacle called the Sphere. A globe-like structure that was unveiled on July 4 at The Venetian Resort, the Sphere has been wowing spectators across the world with its brilliant thematic sound and light projections.  

Here are some interesting facts about the man-made marvel –

  • The full name of the structure is MSG Sphere with MSG standing for Madison Square Garden as the project was announced by the Madison Square Garden Company in 2018. 
     

  • While construction of the structure began in 2019, it was halted in April 2020 due to the pandemic. The work gradually resumed later that year with the fourth largest crawler crane in the world, the DEMAG CC-8800, being used to build it. This crane reportedly took 18 days to assemble. The Sphere was finally unveiled to the world on July 4, 2023, by Sphere Entertainment and Madison Square Garden Company on the occasion of the American Independence Day.
     
  • The Sphere stands tall at a height of 366 feet and is 516 feet wide. With an auditorium that can seat 17,600 people with a standing room for 20,000 people, it is the world’s largest spherical structure. Built using six million pounds of steel, the Sphere’s dome alone weighs 13,000 tons and has a surface area of 220,000 square feet.
     

  • Although tourists and passers-by can enjoy the stunning futuristic visuals on the exteriors of the Sphere, it is yet to open its interiors to the public. It is set to open on September 29, 2023, with a grand performance by the Irish legends U2.
     
  • The Sphere is supposed to have a bowl-shaped theatre with the world’s highest-resolution wraparound LED screen. The exteriors have 1.2 million hockey puck-sized LEDs that can be programmed to flash dynamic imagery on a scale that is touted to be the world’s largest.
     
  • The outside of the Sphere has 600,000 sq ft of programmable lighting. It has the highest resolution screen in the world at 19,000 by 13,500 pixels, which is 100 times clearer than today’s best HD TVs.
     

  • The venue will be used for immersive and interactive content including live shows, sports, gaming and corporate events. It will use an acoustic system utilising beamforming technology, with 157,000 ultra-directional speakers. It also features an infrasound haptic system enabling audiences to feel the sound.
     
  • As per reports, an identical Sphere is being planned in Stratford, East London.

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