Las Vegas' MSG Sphere Breaks Ground
Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking late last month for the Madison Square Garden Sphere, touted as the future of live performance space, slated for Las Vegas.
A collaboration between developers Madison Square Garden Company and Las Vegas Sands Corp., along with designs from Populous and an undisclosed budget, have paved the way for the high-tech project.
The technology behind the 350-foot-tall, 500-feet-in-diameter sphere was originally unveiled in February.
“The portrayal you see behind me is accurate,” said Rob Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It’s that good. It’s that big. It’s that seductive, and I think it’s going to be a major success.”
Officials touted “beamformed” technology for the sound transmission—enabled by thousands of tiny speakers embedded into the venue walls—that will give the same sound clarity for people in the back as the people in the front.
The sphere’s interior will have a digital display plane of a 170,000 square feet, and its exterior counterpart, wrapped in an open-air trellis structure, will hold 580,000 square feet of programmable surface.
Gov. Brian Sandoval touted some other numbers at the groundbreaking, including the estimated 3,500 construction jobs and 4,400 permanent jobs at the site. Once the sphere is complete (slated for 2021), it is expected to bring $730 million in annual economic impact and $48 million in estimated tax revenue.