4th-Largest Crawler Crane Arrives at $1.6B Vegas Site


One of the largest cranes in the world recently arrived in Las Vegas for work on the $1.66 billion MSG sphere, a unique performance venue being developed by The Madison Square Garden Company.

Some Project Background

The project broke ground in September 2018, as it a collaboration between MSG and Las Vegas Sands Corp., along with designs from Populous.

The technology behind the 350-foot-tall, 500-feet-in-diameter sphere was originally unveiled in February 2018.

Officials at the time 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.

Inside, the display will be the largest and highest resolution LED display plane in the world, according to officials.

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, it is expected to bring $730 million in annual economic impact and $48 million in estimated tax revenue.

The Crane

The world’s fourth-largest crawler crane arrived from Belgium late last month. The crane, dubbed the DEMAG CC-8800, can extend 580 feet high weighs 869 tons. The crane can also rotate 360 degrees.

After being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean, it reportedly took 120 tractor-trailers to deliver the crane, and then 18 days to assemble it.

On top of the crane’s weight, 850 tons of counterweight have been added for stability. Though the crane can reportedly lift up to 1,760 tons, the heaviest lift on the MSG project will be 182 tons consisting of a center compression ring for the domed roof.

The sphere is slated for completion in 2021.


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